The Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP), have with the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR) of New York, filed a lawsuit at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague, targeting leading figures at the Vatican (including the Holy See himself) for crimes against humanity regarding the “systematic and widespread” practice of concealing sexual crimes around the world, let alone failing to punish and/or report such hideous crimes.
The entire submission of the ICC Vatican Prosecution documents, including the “Vatican Sex Crime Files”, are openly available for anyone to read, and who has the time and interest to gain full insight.
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The persons identified in the complaint as bearing the greatest responsibility for a system of sexual violence in the church are:
1) Pope Benedict XVI, both in his capacity as Pontiff (2005 – present), and formerly as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect (head) of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) (1981 – 2005), the entity tasked with overseeing the handling of allegations of sexual assault by priests.
2) Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals (2006 – present), having replaced Ratzinger upon his appointment as Pope; formerly served as the Vatican’s Secretary of State (1990 – 2006).
3) Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, as Sodano’s successor as Vatican Secretary of State (2006 – present), and who also serves as the Camerlengo (2007 – present). In his previous position, he served as Secretary of the CDF under Joseph Ratzinger (1995 -2002).
4) Cardinal William Levada, as Prefect for the CDF (2005 – present), and in his prior positions as Archbishop of Portland, OR (1986 – 1999), Archbishop of San Francisco (1995 -2005), and in other official positions at the CDF (serving part of his time under Ratzinger).
It is noteworthey that there is no mention of Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, formerly of the Boston Archdiocese, who has resigned his position of Cardinal, althought currently resided in Vatican City, despite being demanded extradited to the USA by the American Supreme Court. Most noteworthy, Cardinal Law took “too little action in handling John Geoghan”, a Boston priest who allegedly molested over 130 children during his ministry. Stemming from the case in Boston, by the end of 2002, over 1,200 priests have later been accused of abuse across the entire USA. (Source: http://www.boston.com/globe/spotlight/abuse/overview/)