Pope Benedict XVI 'knew more about clergy sex crimes than anyone else in church yet did little to protect children', say critics
Immunity for Rome's Rottweiler: Why The Pope Resigned
Benedict XVI is enjoying, from some, a warm and generous farewell as he vacates the papal throne for a quieter life behind the walls of the Vatican, but the context of his resignation -- the first by a pope in roughly 600 years -- is shadowy and cold. This is, after all, the man who long acted as Rome's "Rottweiler" to punish loyal dissenters and who remains the subject of a "crimes against humanity" claim before the International Criminal Court. For him, seclusion in a Vatican convent provides a way to evade responsibility for his central role in protecting thousands of priests who raped children around the world.
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In the case in Germany in 1980 that made headlines recently, Benedict, then Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger, allowed a priest who was accused of molesting boys to move to Munich for therapy. The diocese he oversaw did not notify civil authorities of the sexual abuse allegations.
2005 — Ratzinger is elected pope.
2007 — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles agrees to pay $660 million to settle abuse claims brought by more than 500 people
2008 — Pope Benedict announces that he is "deeply ashamed" by the sexual abuse scandals among priests in the U.S. He says the church will not allow pedophiles in the priesthood.
Pope Linked To Decisions In Abuse Cases
The Pontiff will reportedly meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Feb. 23 to plead for mercy as that country finally decided to go after the infallible for hiding pedophile priests, indefinitely. The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) wrote that a warrant was issued for the pope’s arrest. This is history, for any legal action against a Vatican employee, much less the pope, was unheard of.
In fact, according to the author of the “Vatican Diaries,” all employees and officials of the Vatican must take an oath of secrecy before assuming their positions. Indeed a shroud of secrecy has enfolded the Catholic Church — especially the halls of power, since time immemorial.
ITCCS wrote that the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict is guilty of hiding more than child sex abuse and alleged other shocking crimes which include child trafficking and child torture, as well as genocide and other crimes against humanity.
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A Global Media Release and Statement from The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State