TWO GERMAN lawyers have initiated charges against Pope Benedict XVI at the International Criminal Court, alleging 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.
Their charges concern “three worldwide crimes which until now have not been denounced . . . (as) the traditional reverence toward ‘ecclesiastical authority’ has clouded the sense of right and wrong”.
They claim the Pope “is responsible for the preservation and leadership of a worldwide totalitarian regime of coercion which subjugates its members with terrifying and health-endangering threats”.
They allege he is also responsible for “the adherence to a fatal forbiddance of the use of condoms, even when the danger of HIV-Aids infection exists” and for “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”.
They claim the Catholic Church “acquires its members through a compulsory act, namely, through the baptism of infants that do not yet have a will of their own”. This act was “irrevocable” and is buttressed by threats of excommunication and the fires of hell.
It was “a grave impairment of the personal freedom of development and of a person’s emotional and mental integrity”. The Pope was “responsible for its preservation and enforcement and, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of his Church, he was jointly responsible” with Pope John Paul II.
Catholics “threatened by HIV-AIDS . . . are faced with a terrible alternative: If they protect themselves with condoms during sexual intercourse, they become grave sinners; if they do not protect themselves out of fear of the punishment of sin threatened by the church, they become candidates for death.”
There was also “strong suspicion that Dr Joseph Ratzinger, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of his church and as Pope, has up to the present day systematically covered up the sexual abuse of children and youths and protected the perpetrators, thereby aiding and abetting further sexual violence toward young people”.
On the Internet site http://www.popeaccountability.org the possibility is now offered to read the charges in book form, to download it free of charge, or to order the book.
Of particular importance is the fact that as many people as possible lend weight to the concerns of the charges through their support.
Under the heading “Do You Approve” on the website it is possible to add your signature to this effort.
We would like to deliver as many signatures as possible to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
In the meantime, internationally well-known attorneys, who have represented hundreds of victims of child abuse, have directly contacted the Prosecutor at the ICC in support of our charges under the following adress:
To the Prosecutor
The International Criminal Court
Dr. Luis Moreno Ocampo
NL-2516 AB Den Haag
File number: OTP-CR-48/11
We know that some people may consider this procedure to be symbolic.
However, in contrast to many other courts of justice, the International Criminal Court in The Hague is not deterred in its prosecution of an offender even when the offender claims immunity as a “head of state.”
For this reason, there is a real chance that the Prosecutor at the ICC will initiate investigations against Joseph Ratzinger.
This chance will, of course, be greatly enhanced the more people express with their signatures the fact that the crimes of child abuse by Joseph Ratzinger’s Catholic Church present a monumental problem worldwide and that it is their hope that investigations will be initiated against Joseph Ratzinger.
Please share this information and the websites with your friends and all concerned. We are very grateful for your support.
Verlag Sailer & Hetzel