Abuse Victims Ask Court to Prosecute the Vatican

Abuse Victims Ask Court to Prosecute the Vatican

By       Published: September 13, 2011
From the link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/world/europe/14vatican.html?_r=1

Human rights lawyers and victims of clergy sexual abuse filed a complaint on Tuesday urging the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate and prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and three top Vatican officials for crimes against humanity for what they described as abetting and covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests.

The formal filing of nearly 80 pages by two American advocacy groups, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, was the most substantive effort yet to hold the pope and the Vatican accountable in an international court for sexual abuse by priests.

“The high-level officials of the Catholic church who failed to prevent and punish these criminal actions,” the complaint says, “have, to date, enjoyed absolute impunity.”

A spokeswoman at the court said the prosecutor’s office would examine the papers, “as we do with all such communications.” The first step will be “to analyze whether the alleged crimes fall under the court’s jurisdiction,” Florence Olara, the prosecutor’s spokeswoman said.

Complaints about the Vatican and child abuse by Roman Catholic priests have been received at the court before, court records showed. But Ms. Olara said details were not normally disclosed by the court unless a case went forward.

Lawyers familiar with the international court said it was unlikely the complaint against the Vatican would fit the court’s mandate to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the spokesman for the Vatican, said he had no comment.

Vatican officials have often said that the decisions about priests accused of abuse are made by bishops — not by the Vatican hierarchy — and that the church is far more decentralized than is widely believed.

But the lawyers and abuse victims from the United States and Europe who held a news conference at the court on Tuesday said their action was necessary because all the investigations and prosecutions of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in various countries had not been sufficient to prevent continuing crimes and cover-ups.

Two of the victims whose cases are highlighted in the filing say the priests who sexually abused them simply moved to different countries and are still in ministry working with children, with the knowledge of church superiors. “National jurisdictions can’t really get their arms around this,” said Pamela Spees, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who helped prepare the filing. “Prosecuting individual instances of child molestation or sexual assault has not gotten at the larger systemic problem here. Accountability is the goal, and the I.C.C. makes the most sense, given that it’s a global problem.”

In addition to Pope Benedict XVI, the filing asks the court to prosecute Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state; Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the previous secretary of state and the current dean of the College of Cardinals; and Cardinal William J. Levada, who is head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office designated to receive cases of clergy sexual abuse that are forwarded by bishops.

A central question is whether the accusations will fit the court’s mandate. The International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed after July 1, 2002, when the court opened. It is independent of the United Nations and has jurisdiction in the 117 countries that so far have ratified the Rome Statute that created the court. Italy, Germany and Belgium are signatories, while the Vatican and the United States are not.

The filing cites five cases in which priests have been accused of abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States; the priests in these cases are from Belgium, India and the United States.

Ms. Spees said she hoped to persuade the court that the cases were within its jurisdiction, because they involve abuses that she said were “systematic and widespread.”

Experts in international law said the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests was sufficiently heinous and widespread to be taken to the court.

Mark Ellis, executive director of the International Bar Association, which is based in London, said he thought that the court would open a preliminary investigation to determine whether it has jurisdiction — and that it would probably conclude that it did not.

“Crimes against humanity means acts that are committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population,” Mr. Ellis said. “What you’re looking at is really a policy, in which the government or the authorities are planning the attack.”

“When you look at the concept of why and how the I.C.C. was created, I just don’t think this fits,” he said. “But the filing does something that’s important. It raises awareness.”


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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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  1. REV. JOSEPH IDOMELE is a Nigerian from Delta State who lives in Los Angeles. This Rev. Father is addicted to Pornography and uses the names of women who refuses to engage sexually with him in those websites. His name is REV. JOSEPH IDOMELE. The Catholic Church is keeping a dangerous man like him as a Rev. Father. He lies about our Igbo Rev. fathers when he is in fact the criminal and sex addict. He has fornicated with too many Nigeria women and he is a a great liar. Please bring him to justice for he is sexually abusing women.

  2. Rev. Joseph Idomele, after tricking and sexually abusing women, he goes out to talk about it and humiliate them to other men. This man is causing so much harm to women. Please bring him to justice.

  3. Has he been reported to the authorities and the church?

    • We want to report Fr. Joe Idomele but we not sure of who to speak to. We heard in the announcement in my church that the Bishop of Los Angeles and California has banned him and chased him from saying mass in any parish and his contract was not renewed. Fr. Joe Idomele needs help from God or he will go to another parish and befriend more rich people and sleep with their wives and spread gossip and rumour about those women who refuse to have sex with him. Can you help us report to the head of the bishops or the pope.

  4. Nwachukwu Chizoba

    What is you proof of this accusation please provide proof for all to see. These are very very serious accusations which no one should make lightly! Please, please, please, please in the name of God do not make such accusations if you do not have poof; this humble man of God has just lost his mother

    • First off I could give two craps less if this supposed humble man in your eyes just lost his mother. Because of his actions…thousands of people as children lost their souls. You want proof?

      This is what your evil degenerate Pope Emetrius failed to do to protect the children of the catholic church and there is beyond real, credible proof, through his own words, the churches own documents and the testimony of others.

      POPE BENEDICT XVI: As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and as such, he was responsible for exposing and turning over to authorities priests accused of raping children.His biggest crime involved Marcel Marcial, the Jesuit priest and founder of the Legions of Christ. Marcial was a pederast, a womanizer, married two women and then raped his own children and sexually assaulted his seminarians.By the late fifties Marciel was already subjected to a canonical process for accusations of pederasty.Despite the evidence, the Roman Curia chose to take no action.In 1965 Rome officially recognized the congregation of Legionaries.Maciel had a knack for ingratiating himself with important people in the Vatican bureaucracy and the religious elites of the business classes in the countries to which his organization spread. From the end of the seventies right up to the early nineties he was an active promoter of John Paul II’s trips to Mexico.At the end of the nineties the Vatican received documentation on another suit against Maciel for pederasty, this time from several former Legionaries.Ratzinger, who was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the time, chose to shelve it so John Paul II wouldn’t have to quarrel with Maciel. Not until 2006, once he was Pope Benedict XVI, did Ratzinger decide to punish the Legion’s founder, but tried to do it with a low profile.He ordered Maciel to leave Rome, renounce all priestly public ministries and lead the life of a recluse.In early 2008, Maciel died without ever facing justice for his serious crimes.So from the late 50′s until 2006, the RCC knew about what Marciel was doing. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he also knew what Marciel was doing, but it took 50 years to actually do something about him and then it was basically a slap on the wrist. When Ratzinger was a cardinal, he too protected Maciel.In 1998 he blocked the case and in 2001 modified the Canonical Code of Law to give Maciel a way out: the crime of absolving an accomplice would have a 10-year statute of limitations. This gave the abuser an escape route and left the victims with no possibility of proving their accusations in court.Now his second biggest crime involves that for decades, a group of men who were sexually abused as children by Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy at a school for the deaf in Wisconsin reported to every type of official they could think of that he was a danger, according to the victims and church documents. They told other priests. They told three archbishops of Milwaukee. They told two police departments and the district attorney. They used sign language, written affidavits and graphic gestures to show what exactly Father Murphy had done to them. But their reports fell on the deaf ears of hearing people. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, received letters about Father Murphy in 1996 from Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee, who said that the deaf community needed “a healing response from the Church.” The Vatican sat on the case, then equivocated, and when Father Murphy died in 1998, he died a priest. Father Murphy may have molested as many as 200 boys while he worked at the school from 1950 to 1974, according to the accounts of victims and a social worker hired by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to interview him.

  5. This Rev. Father Joe Idomele has been chased away from our parish and all the churches in Los Angeles because of his fake life. I am Mrs. U who suuffered in my conscience because Fr. Joe Idomele befriended me and my husband with his lying tongue and sweet talk. He befriended us and many rich Nigerians just to keep collecting money and exploiting us. The painful and shameful thing for me is what Fr. Joe made me do with him. I am so ashame of myself, I didn’t know when it happened. He made me have sex with him and cursed be on him for he later went to have sex with my brothers wife who is friends with him like us. The worst of the worst is Fr Joe told my brothers wife that I lure him to bed. Fr. Joe you are cursed until you die a miserable death. You and your generations are cursed and will not see the goodness in your life. You befriend rich people and take money from them and sleep with their wives and spread rumor about them. You told me about two very respecful reverend sisters who you said you had sex with and I have investigated that you have lied againt them because you had issues with them. EVryone who knew them told me that they are very good and responsible women. You told me bad things about four married women and three unmarried ones and all are lies. WHy is a rev. father talking and gossiping like this? You are a revrend father who exploits parishioners. You collected money from us that your brother was kidnap. We heard is a lie. You like money and women very much and why are you faking to be a rev. father. You can open your church and do that your preaching whihx is like pentecostal preaching where you shout and fake yourself. This man Fr. Joe Idomele has harmed so many of us. Unfortunately, we nigerian woman cannot share this publicly becos of our culture. Our husbands never know that allowing Fr. Joe to befriend our families is like bringing satan into your life. Fr. Joe Idomele is possesed with the devil to have sex with women and to befriend rich people and exploit them and take money form them. He has built a big house called Villa in his village with all our money. Thank God the Bishop of Los ANgeles have chased him out of our parishes. Our nigerian women are hiding so much becos of shame. Fr. Joe Idomele should not be allow to be in a parish anywhere. He exploits parishioners by taking their money and sleeping wit the women and spreading gossip and lies about women who refuse to have sex with him. He is a devil. My prayer to God is that Fr. Joe Idomele will die a miserable death. He has destroyed too many people. Many reverend fathers hate him. He lies too much and he steals from the rich and women are not safe around him.

  6. We have reported Father Joe Idomele to the church in los Angeles. His name is not on the list of molesting children because he molest only women and girls. His own evil is to have sex with women who are single married or even older. Many Nigerian ladies are ashame to testify because our husbands will know our unfaithfulness. But the fault is not ours it is the evil rev. father who pretend to be a man of God. One woman is crying about all the checks he has given to fr. Joe Idomele. He has collected so much money form all of us including myself. He is arm robber and duper. Every rev. father from Nigeria hate him so much. He can destroy with his mouth and sweet tongue. We want the good Pope to send him packing out of the rev. father. Fr. Joe Idomele must be arrested and checked properly. He is a thief and a womanizer. One of the women have pictures of having sex with him. she will use it once Fr. Joe try to deny these reports. Fr. Joe Idomele will curse the day he was born and the day he had sex with each one of us. He is a shame to the priests of our country.

    • Here is the way to do it Okoro…

    • You will all burn in hell, more than accusations are required how about some dates or years so this can be fact checked…..

      • Hey Rich Woods, I will burn in hell? Nope, you will though, and so will all the rest of your scumbag Popes, Cardinals, Bishops and Archbishop Pedophile Pimps of your Cult of Degenerates, Pedophiles, Perverts and Hypocrites who covered up these crimes, protected the perverted, degenerate pedophile priests, brothers, nuns and sisters, along with all of those who harmed us as children and teens, as well as each and every one of you scumbag, pieces of shit, outhouse dwelling, bitch pew polishers who stand up and defend these scums.

        Listen Rich, Fuck you. To those who raped us, abused us, beat us, tortured us, enslaved us, and murdered us, from the Unholy Roman Catholic Church? THE CRIMES ARE YOURS, THE SINS ARE YOURS, THE GUILT IS YOURS, AND THE HELL YOU WILL SPEND AN ETERNITY, THE SAME ONE YOU CONDEMN US VICTIMS TO? ARE YOURS.




        Matthew 23 King James Version (KJV)

        23 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

        2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

        3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

        4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

        5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

        6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

        7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

        8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

        9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

        10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

        11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

        12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

        13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

        14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

        15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

        16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

        17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

        18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.

        19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

        20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

        21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

        22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

        23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

        24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

        25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

        26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

        27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

        28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

        29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

        30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

        31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

        32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

        33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

        34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

        35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

        36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

        37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

        38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

        39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

  7. Surprise this rev. fr. Joe Idomele the man who is having sex with many nigerian in los angeles and even taking our money to buy houses in los Angeles and nigeria is now a rev. father in another church in Utah where he is having sex and taking more money from inocent people. The police must go search arrest him. This man rev. fr. Joe is a devil disguise. the new church he is working now is CHRIST PRINCE OF PEACE in Utah. The church has taking a devil and thief to innocent people of the church. Everybody say this rev. fr. is not a real rev. fr. He is a devil having sex with nigeria women and asking for money all the time.

  8. This is very sad. I know this Rev. Father Idomele very well. He is not a man of God. He messed up my best friend a married woman, took money from her because she was a rich man’s wife. Had sex with her frequently as if she was his wife. Now, has gossiped and destroyed her name in lies and gossip. What I know about Rev, Father Joseph Idomele is he is a patholigical liar and can destroy women who annoy him. He would always lure them to bed and have sex with them then talk about them to others. It is the Rev. Fathers who hate him most. His fellow Rev. fathers said he stinks and smells. He is not a man of God. I have communicated with so many women and we will not rest until justice prevails. The church must chase him out to go marry. He is covering up to be a Rev. father. He is a devil in disguise. I know this fake Rev. Joseph Idomele very well. I refused him sex and reported him to my husband immediately. Many Nigerian women cannot openly share what he has done with them because they want to save their marriage. We continue to pray and fast until he runs out like a mad man out of the Rev. Father business. one advice to the public is If this fake Rev. Joseph Idomele tells you anything about anybody please go find out because he is a liar and destructive man. Don’t believe anything from his sweet lying tongue. He is a devil in disguise. A fake man pretending to be a rev. father. many of the rev. fathers and sisters from my country Nigeria are very fake. This is one of them. Our Igbo revered fathers are better than this devil.

  9. This Rev Joseph Idomele should be in jail. There is stories among our igbo people and other Nigerians in LA that this devil fellow pretending to be rev. father has molested even our sons. Is the bishop going to keep this man who has been kissing and touching the penis of our sons and having sex with our wives? How can a rev. father molest our sons and sleep with our wives and you still let him be preaching as a rev. father? The police should be arresting this man ASAP. I remember when we invited this man to our house he carried my son in a way that look suspicious. Three of our men have now receive report that their sons were carressed and fondled and that fr. Idomele touched their penis many times. The Nigerian family are not free to share our stories in public. We all know that this man rev. idomele is a devil. Many people have complained and nobody want to come public because it is against our culture. This man is dangerous. Please act on this case ASAP.

  10. This Rev man Joseph idomele is bisexual person. There are many of them rev fathers like him from my country who have sex with women and love small boys too. The church heads and police must search him and what he is doing with his phone and computer. He is a criminal and sex addictor. Send him out of the business of rev father ASAP.

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