As you may or may not already know the Catholic church owns a tiny patch of land in the middle of Rome ever since it signed the Lateran Pacts with Italy in 1929. This allows the holy see of the church to be a permanent observer on the United Nations General Assembly sharing the same status as other members (193 countries) with the exception to voting. As a member of this assembly, the Vatican has signed a number of treaties including the Convention on the Rights of the Child which openly discloses and protects any individual under 18, regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status or ability from abuse, neglect, exploitation, etc.
Last October the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) gave the Vatican, Pope Francis, until November 1st to provide the details for every child abuse case committed by members of the clergy, brothers or nuns, over the span of the last 15 years. This is the first time an international body has asked highly confidential records be disclosed by the Vatican. The CRC is also requesting insight on how the church has ensured these perverted priests have remained separated from their victims. As one sourced attorney suggests they currently represent about 8,000 abuse cases by more than 100 staff providing evidence for serial offenses and there’s plenty more to go around. This has led to a vast number of fraud cases and deliberate attempts to cover-up the accused by relocating priests to new pulpits across seas instead of forcing their resignation as spiritual leaders and avoiding persecution by local authorities. A 2004 article published by Usatoday.com reported a case where a multiple convicted child abuse offender, Reverend Frank Klep, was relocated to a small South Pacific Island off the east banks of Australia in Apia, Somoa. Who’s residence knew little of the Reverends past and when asked to comment Klep said, “If I felt I was still a risk to their children then I would think differently, but I am not at risk anymore.” Filed cases against clergy members include anal sex and oral penetration and are often reported years after the abuse occurred who’s victims range between 3 – 14 years of age. Many priests have found themselves no longer eligible to work within the United States, but have found work abroad allowing the on-going organized child abuse racketeer to continue in silence for decades.
Despite known cases within the United States such as The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville settlement in 2002 which addressed child sexual-abuse allegations made in 240 lawsuits naming 34 priests by sum of $25.7 million, attempts by clergy members are still made to misdirect the issue. Many diocese have since claimed bankruptcy in an effort to limit funds allocated to victims. Articles published by protectthepope.com try to entangle the argument by claiming this is “a potential embarrassment for Pope Francis a few months into his papacy,” asking, “Why now?”. They went on further by stating the child abuse cover-up committed by the church is an attack made by anti-Catholic bigots. The same bigots who have since formed organizations known as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) or UN Human Rights Council (IHEU) and others who have been invited to give testimony on the subject. According to religionnews.com, priest Massimo DeGregor commented on the efforts of the CRC saying, “While we don’t deny the gravity [of child sex abuse], someone is trying to take advantage [of the U.N. committee procedure]”.
The CRC is requesting the Vatican give detail to a number of things, including:
- If convicted clergy members were removed from the presence of children
- If it was mandated that local authorities become involved
- If victims were helped or silenced
- Trial details for all countries involved and if co-operation with authorities transpired
- Details to preventative measures taken to avoid further such abuse cases
Questions were also asked about the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland ran by nuns who forced labor from inmates which operated between the 18th and 20th centuries eventually ending in 1996. More info related to this nun slave trade may be found elsewhere but despite it being brought up by the CRC I will not go much further into it here as it involves other human rights vs. slavery issues. Not the abuse of children which remains the focus of this article.
Some people seem to doubt whether or not Pope Francis will come through on the UN’s request. Providing the shameful amount of information, the perverted 15 years of trial data, that will help serve justice in this life. It may be hard for these brothers and sisters of faith, priests and nuns, to come to the realization they were cruel and inhumane for preforming anal sex on a 3 year old or forcing female inmates into slavery, but we must not let them or any other man-made organization, whether in the name of god or not, on this planet think that casting their sins on a scapegoating savior or that silent relocation out of country is a sufficient answer toward these injustices. Especially injustices this blatant and gross in magnitude. No amount of purification could redeem not just the physical, but psychological rape of personality of these child victims. The UN must remind everyone that no one has the right to prey on any child and that the divine inspiration with which these acts are being preformed may go straight to hell.