If some priest somewhere is a molester that priest is himself guilty, and not the entire Catholic Church. Blaming the whole Church, or the Pope, for the deeds of a tiny minority of priests is like blaming every American for the war in Iraq or every German for the actions of Hitler. All can’t be blamed for the actions of a few. Someone’s just looking for publicity.
Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have accused the pope, the Vatican secretary of state and two other high-ranking Holy See officials of crimes against humanity, in a formal complaint to the international criminal court (ICC).
The submission, lodged at The Hague on Tuesday, accuses the four men not only of failing to prevent or punish perpetrators of rape and sexual violence but also of engaging in the “systematic and widespread” practice of concealing sexual crimes around the world.
It includes individual cases of abuse where letters and documents between Vatican officials and others show a refusal to co-operate with law enforcement agencies seeking to pursue suspects, according to the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a US-based organisation that represents the claimants.
To be kind, that’s just stupid. We all loathe perversion perpetrated against children. But blaming the Pope and the Vatican wholesale is just simply stupid and betrays a lack of sense and intelligence.