Who has the authority to stop the Catholic Church?
In quite a few of the 52 previous blog articles I have written I have made mention many times of the Catholic Church and the ongoing problem of priests raping underage boys, girls and nuns, and of priests ‘suggesting’ abortion to those they made pregnant. I, as a victim said, will not call this ‘sexual abuse’ anymore. It is rape and it should be called that. No more being gentle about this just because it is the ‘church’ we are talking about. We are literally talking mass rape. This never was and is not now a problem we can say tsk tsk to and hope it won’t happen again. The Catholic Church has made a mockery of itself and it’s followers faith in the church. They have thumbed their noses at the law in each and every country they have set up shop in. They have ignored the people’s call for justice time and time again. How has this happened? Probably because the church buys immunity. For instance, look at how they ‘bought’ themselves a treaty with Russia and what happens in other countries…
Russia: The existence of this verbal agreement, sealed between the Vatican and the Kremlin in August 1962, is solidly established. The Communist press made allusion to it almost immediately. In January 1963 in “France Nouvelle,” central weekly of the French Communist party, Jean-Claude Poulain wrote: “The Church can no longer satisfy itself with coarse anticommunism. She has even taken the promise, on the occasion of her dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church, that there would not be any direct attack against the Communist regime at the Council.” Link
92.3 million deaths by communism and the Vatican can make a deal to ‘keep quiet’.
Slovakia: The community-wide discussion has been none of events which the authors of the Vatican Treaty Draft wanted. In their efforts to postpone to the maximum the time when some aspects of the document will need to be deciphered. The treaty is namely not an international agreement of two nations, i.e. treaty with the miniature “Stato della Citt del Vaticano”, which has about one thousand citizens living on an area of 0, 44 km2 , but an exclusive and totally asymmetric contract between a sovereign State and an ideology represented by the subject of Apostolic Seat, acknowledged as a diplomatic subject. This treaty is to codify the mutual relations between Slovakia and a monolithic life stance, which aspires to be global and supra-national. Just that one which historically left behind in Europe (along with other religions) its positive imprints, but many a time stood behind historical conflicts , wars, and terror. Link
Brazil: The concordat imports foreign law into Brazil by stipulating that Canon (or Church) Law be used in Catholic institutions. Because this includes Church-run social services, concordats act to impose Canon Law on both their lay employees and their clients. In Germany this is a widespread problem, particularly acute for anyone, like gays or the divorced, whose private life does not accord with Canon Law. Link
Poland: The concordat also acts as a foot in the door to proselytise children in state schools. In Poland it only took twenty years for the establishment of voluntary unpaid catechism in state schools to be transformed bit by bit into lessons in Catholic doctrine which, in much of the country, has become effectively compulsory, is now paid for by the state and even counts in the grade average. Link
Australia: The cost of the papal trips to the German and French taxpayers may never be known, but the price tag that the Church got an Australian premier to hide has finally been revealed by the Auditor General. On the heels of embarrassing figures showing that the papal youth jamboree scared off tourists, the government of New South Wales has belatedly released figures on the budget shortfall of World Youth Day, July 2008. As a visiting head of state, Benedict XVI had his accommodation and (massive) security paid for by his hosts and now the taxpayers will have to come up with 100 million Australian dollars more. Link
Germany: The enormous power of both Catholic and Protestant churches in Germany today is not due solely to the concordats or church-state agreements. The privileges that these pacts give to the churches are amplified by another fateful German innovation. It was the 1919 Constitution of the democratic Weimar Republic which gave the churches wide latitude in substituting their own regulations for the law of the land. Link
Britain: A generation after the failed attempt to secure fealty from the king, the Vatican managed to tighten its grip on Britain through the world’s first concordat , the 1107 Concordat of London. The English king was forced by threats of excommunication to sign the concordat. Link
Am I not being clear enough for you? How about the Vatican trying to control our legal systems by telling Catholic lawyers what they can and cannot do contrary to our state and national laws?
Lawyers, as independent professionals, should always decline the use of their profession for an end that is contrary to justice, as is divorce. They can only cooperate in this kind of activity when, in the intention of the client, it is not directed to the break-up of the marriage, but to the securing of other legitimate effects that can only be obtained through such a judicial process in the established legal order (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2383). In this way, with their work of assisting and reconciling persons who are going through a marital crises, lawyers truly serve the rights of the person and avoid becoming mere technicians at the service of any interest whatever. Link
The Vatican now tell us what is and is not justice in our own countries.
Now I hope you see how much influence they have. I suggest everyone try and find out what is in the treaty that your country has with the Vatican, if indeed they do have one. You might be surprised. If they’ll let you see it. Don’t be surprised if the Freedom of Information Act in your country doesn’t cover this document.
Getting back to the original point of this post, I would like to know who has power to do something about the lack of accountability and immunity from justice the Catholic Church has in this world. A lot of countries seem to be hogtied by these concordats/treaties. Then how about the United Nations themselves? Are so many countries under the thumb of Joe the Pope Ratsinger that even the UN is toothless? It seems so. As the UN is made up of delegates from those hogtied countries I doubt we could expect any help there either. But we should expect it. We should force them to live up to the Human Rights Document they themselves made up years ago to protect the rights of children. Or was that just a smokescreen like so much else we see these days.
Everyone ‘says’ they want to do ‘something’, but nobody ever puts the words into action. We can’t change it on our own, but we can force our governments to do so if we speak up loud enough. This really is going to take a massive outcry from the people themselves. If we can show them what has happened, what is happening and why it has and is still happening, maybe they’ll speak up too. But we have to tell them. Talking amongst ourselves isn’t working. I’m telling more and more people all the time. We need you to do the same.