#AceNewsReport – Sept.07: AsiaNews, the official press agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, reported Sunday that Father Cui was the only candidate put forward by Church bodies loyal to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to occupy the post in Wuhan…..
#AceDailyNews says that a Catholic Church to Ordain Communist-Friendly Bishop to Wuhan: Father Cui has a history of faithfully representing the interests of the CCP against clergy loyal to Rome.
“Obviously, the Vatican was unable to refuse the appointment, even if the concrete possibilities of assessing its suitability were evidently limited,” AsiaNews added. Cui’s will be the fourth episcopal ordination since the renewal of the Sino-Vatican agreement on the naming of bishops.
In 2012, local clergy in Wuhan sought to decide on the reassignment of priests to parishes in the diocese without the approval of CCP authorities. They held a meeting for this purpose and drafted a list of assignments and transfers between parishes, under the leadership of Father Joseph Shen Guo’an, who had been temporarily in charge of the Wuhan diocese in the absence of a bishop.
Father Shen announced the reassignment of the priests during a solemn Mass in the diocese, which met with applause from the congregation, but government officials intervened soon afterward, interrogating the priests and warning against any changes.
In response, the authorities “recalled from Beijing another priest from the diocese, Father Cui Qingqi,” La Stampa reported at the time, who “was seen to be with government officials before arriving at the diocese.”
When Father Shen and others “resolutely implemented the transfer decision” against the wishes of the government, the provincial Religious Affairs Bureau dismissed Father Shen from his duties as the head of the diocese, along with several other priests.
In their place, the provincial authorities established a five-member management committee led by Father Cui Qingqi, “who is said to be close to the government,” Vatican Radio reported.
The installation of Father Cui was the government’s way of remedying what Vatican Radio described as “an escalating standoff between authorities and the Church in the province.”
At the launch of the new team, no priests or nuns except Fr. Cui were allowed to speak, the report stated, and the government’s reshuffle “effectively overrules church leaders in Wuhan who want to decide on the allocation of priests to parishes themselves.”
The 2012 elevation of CCP-friendly Father Cui was “the latest example of interference by authorities in Wuhan” in the internal life of the Church, Vatican Radio noted.
Over the past year and a half, Wuhan has drawn international attention as the origin of the China coronavirus pandemic.
AsiaNews noted that the consecration of the bishop of Wuhan “had long been hoped for, as proof and symbol of the autonomy of the official Church recognised and controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.10: The suspicious envelope was intercepted by postal employees overnight at a mail sorting facility in a Milan suburb, according to the carabinieri provincial command in Milan. It had been sent from France….
#AceDailyNews says that Italian postal workers have intercepted a suspicious letter containing three bullets to the pope that came from France and is under investgation according to Associated Press in Milan…..
The envelope was addressed by hand in pen to: “The Pope, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square, Rome,” and contained three bullets presumed to be for a pistol and a message referring to financial operations at the Vatican.
An investigation is ongoing. There is no immediate comment from the Vatican.
#AceDailyNews says that the Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking papacy with the first hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, being the culmination of a two-year investigation into the Holy See’s flawed 350 million-euro London real estate venture.
The first hearings will be Monday and Tuesday of a self-styled intelligence analyst who bought Prada and Louis Vuitton items with the Vatican money that she was supposed to send to rebels holding a Catholic nun hostage. The onetime chief of staff in the Vatican secretariat of state, Becciu is also linked to a mysterious figure who is also on trial, Cecilia Marogna, whom he hired in 2016 as an external security consultant.
Vatican prosecutors have alleged a jaw-dropping series of scandals in the biggest criminal trial in the Vatican’s modern history, which opens Tuesday in a modified courtroom in the Vatican Museums. The once-powerful cardinal and nine other people are accused of bleeding the Holy See of tens of millions of dollars in donations through bad investments, deals with shady money managers and apparent favors to friends and family. They face prison sentences, fines or both if convicted.
The trial, which will likely be postponed for several months after the first hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, is the culmination of a two-year investigation into the Holy See’s flawed 350 million-euro London real estate venture. That operation exposed the Vatican’s once-secret financial dealings and its structural dysfunction, which allowed just a few people to do so much damage to the Vatican’s finances and reputation, with little expertise or oversight.
But the prosecutors’ case also suggests that Pope Francis and his top lieutenants were not only aware of some of the key transactions, but in some cases explicitly authorized them, even without full documentation or understanding the details. Given the hierarchical nature of the Holy See and the obedience required of underlings to their religious superiors, questions also remain about why some people were charged and others not.
One Vatican monsignor who until recently was considered by prosecutors to be a key suspect, Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, managed to avoid indictment. Perlasca’s office handled the London investment from start to finish and his boss had identified him as the main in-house culprit in obscuring the deal’s costly outcome. But prosecutors suggested that Perlasca flipped and became an important witness, in part after coming under pressure to recant his testimony by the lone cardinal on trial, Angelo Becciu.
Francis, who as absolute monarch wields supreme legislative, executive and judicial power in Vatican City, has in many ways already convicted Becciu.
Last year, Francis presented Becciu with evidence that he had sent 100,000 euros in Vatican funds to a Sardinian charity run by Becciu’s brother. Francis secured Becciu’s resignation as head of the Vatican’s saint-making office and then stripped him of his rights as cardinal, a sanction that was announced immediately by the Vatican press office.
Becciu, who is charged with embezzlement and pressuring Perlasca to recant, has denied any wrongdoing: Prosecutors allege Marogna embezzled 575,000 euros in Vatican funds that Becciu had authorized for ransoms to free Catholic hostages. Bank records from her Slovenian front company show the Vatican wire transfers were used instead to pay bills at luxury shops and boutique hotels. Marogna says the money was legitimate compensation and reimbursement for her intelligence-related expenses.
The London real estate deal dates to 2014, when the Vatican’s secretariat of state decided to invest an initial 200 million euros in a fund operated by Italian businessman Raffaele Mincione, with half the money put into the London building, half in other investments.
By November 2018, the original investment had lost 18 million euros, prosecutors say, prompting the Vatican to seek an exit strategy while retaining its stake in the building in London’s swank Chelsea neighborhood.
Enter Gianluigi Torzi, another broker, who helped arrange a 40 million euro payout to Mincione.
But prosecutors say Torzi then hoodwinked the Holy See by secretly restructuring 1,000 shares in the property’s new holding company in a way that gave him full voting rights. Prosecutors say Torzi then extorted the Vatican for 15 million euros to get control of the building that it thought it had already acquired.
Mincione and Torzi, who are accused of fraud, money laundering, embezzlement and other charges, have denied wrongdoing.
Becciu’s successor as chief of staff, Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, told prosecutors that Francis had made clear by November 2018 that he wanted to lose as little money as possible to finally secure ownership of the building and “turn the page and start over.” It was a message Francis repeated to Torzi himself during a January 2019 meeting, Pena Parra told prosecutors.
After realizing that Torzi actually controlled the building and based on Francis’ desire to move forward, Pena Parra said the Vatican had two choices. Those were to sue him or pay him off for the 1,000 voting shares that he owned. Pena Parra said the Vatican’s concern was that suing him could take years and even possibly end in Torzi’s favor.
“Between these two options, with the advice of lawyers and experts, option No. 2 was chosen because it was considered more economical, with more contained risks and in a more manageable time frame,” Pena Parra wrote in his testimony seen by The Associated Press. “It also simply aligned with the desire of the Superior,” a reference to Francis.
And yet the payout of 15 million euros to Torzi is at the heart of the case. Prosecutors accuse Torzi of extorting the Vatican for the money and the Vatican’s financial oversight agency of failing to stop the deal. The oversight’s managers say the Vatican had no choice but to pay Torzi, given the Secretariat of State — knowingly or not — signed legally binding contracts that gave Torzi control of the building.
Prosecutors say the secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, was deceived into approving Torzi’s contract by a lawyer who drafted a one-page memo describing the deal but omitting key details, including Torzi’s voting stake. Pena Parra said only later did the Vatican realize the lawyer was associated with Torzi. Quoting Parolin’s own notes, Pena Parra said the cardinal approved the deal based on the lawyer’s brief memo and assurances from Perlasca and another Vatican money manager, Fabrizio Tirabassi.
Parolin, Pena Parra and Perlasca were not charged. Tirabassi is charged with corruption, extortion, embezzlement, fraud and abuse of office; he denies wrongdoing.
#AceNewsReport – July.25: The 30-page APSA budget showed that it owns 4,051 properties in Italy and about 1,120 abroad, not including its embassies around the world….
#AceDailyNews says Vatican reveals property holdings for first time in transparency drive the information was contained in two documents, a consolidated financial statement for 2020 for the Holy See and the first-ever public budget for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA).
July 24 (Reuters) – The Vatican released information on its real estate holdings for the first time on Saturday, revealing it owns more than 5,000 properties as part of its most detailed financial disclosures ever.
APSA, a sort of general accounting office, manages real estate and investments, pays salaries, and acts as a purchasing office and human resources department.
Between the two documents – each with an unprecedented number of pie charts, graphs and maps – and two explanatory interviews, the Vatican issued more than 50 pages of financial material.
Cardinal Becciu was a close aide to Pope Francis and previously had a key job in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, which manages the Church’s donations.
He will face questions over a controversial loss-making deal to invest in the luxury London building while he was in charge at the secretariat; the deal has since been the subject of a financial investigation.
The $200m (£155m) paid for the apartment block in Sloane Avenue came out of Church money through offshore funds and companies – a deal the cardinal had defended in the past.
In a statement released on Saturday by those close to him, the cardinal said he was “the victim of a conspiracy” and protested his “absolute innocence”, the AFP news agency reports.
Analysis by John McManus, BBC NewsGetting to the heart of the troubling relationship between the Vatican and its finances has become one of the main themes at the Vatican under Pope Francis: Parallel to his desire to make the Church a sanctuary where everybody, however imperfect, can find a place, has been his work to make the Vatican a distinctly unwelcoming destination for those who would use it to enrich themselves……………….The alleged crimes listed today still have to be proven in court.But the very fact the Pope was ready to sanction the indictment and trial of a cardinal who was not only a senior member of the Vatican hierarchy, but also by his own account a friend of Francis, signals again his clear intention that when it comes to financial wrongdoing he’s prepared to take unprecedented action to clean up the Church’s reputation………………..The risk for the Pope, and the Church, is that this trial will open up the possible mismanagement of the Holy See’s finances to further public scrutiny……………….Two former heads of the Vatican’s financial intelligence unit are among the 10 defendants. They face charges including embezzlement, money-laundering, fraud, extortion and abuse of office.
#AceNewsReport – Jun.05: It is important to me to share the responsibility for the catastrophe of the sexual abuse by Church officials over the past decades,” he said in a letter to Pope Francis.
ROME: Top German cleric asks to quit over Church sex abuse failures: The statement in German on the Munich archbishop’s website says his letter was dated 21 May. The Pope has asked him to remain in his post pending a decision on his resignation offer.
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He is the Archbishop of Munich. The Pope is still considering his offer.
Pope Francis has sent two bishops to Cologne to investigate abuse cases.
In 2018, a study commissioned by the Church itself found that more than 3,600 children in Germany had been sexually assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014.
Only 38% of the alleged perpetrators were prosecuted, with most facing only minor disciplinary procedures. About one in six cases involved rape. Most of the victims were boys, and more than half were aged 13 or younger.
In his letter, Cardinal Marx said investigations in recent years had revealed “a lot of personal failure and administrative mistakes” but also “institutional or systemic failure” in relation to child sex abuse.
Cardinal Marx said in his letter that the Church had come to “a dead end”. He said that with his resignation the Church could perhaps “make a fresh start, a new departure”.
“I want to show that it’s not the institution in the foreground, but the mission of the gospel.”
Cardinal Marx has a liberal reputation and has often called for reform of the Church, the BBC’s Damien McGuinness reports from Berlin.
The German Catholic Church has been rocked by allegations that some Church leaders covered up past child abuse. Conservative Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne, is particularly under fire, our correspondent says.
In March, Cardinal Woelki refused to resign, despite an independent report which revealed many breaches of duty by clerics in his Cologne Archdiocese. The report named more than 300 sexual abuse victims,after examination of Church records.
Cardinal Woelki has said he welcomes the Pope’s decision to send two bishops to investigate the handling of abuse allegations, and would support them in their work.
In March the cardinal said his resignation would have been “the easier path”. “By staying in office I’m taking on responsibility for what I have started in Cologne: unsparing full revelation.”
Around a quarter of the German population is registered in the Catholic Church.Brigitte, a survivor of child sex abuse by a chaplain, explains why she is ready to speak now (From 2019)
#AceNewsReport – May.18: The man has been charged with instigation to commit crimes, especially terror offences, as well as propaganda and instigation to offend on ethnic and religious grounds.
ITALY: Migrant imam calls for elimination of the Jewish people, destruction of the Vatican: ‘The man, a Moroccan detainee, allegedly praised terrorist attacks like those on the offices of Paris satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo after it published cartoons of Mohammed’
#AceNewsReport – May.01: The crackdown comes as Vatican prosecutors are nearly two years into a corruption investigation involving the Vatican’s investment in a London real estate venture. Francis has preached about cleaning up the Holy See’s murky financial practices for eight years, but the new law marks his biggest step yet to ensure his own cardinals and managers are clean:
Pope sets 40-euro Vatican gift cap in corruption crackdown: ‘The law requires Vatican superiors to declare every two years that they aren’t stashing money in tax havens and aren’t under criminal investigation for tax evasion, money laundering or other crimes: They also must declare that any investments they hold are in funds consistent with Catholic doctrine’
The most striking part of the law is a measure that, if broadly applied, would amount to a revolution in curial culture: It prohibits any Vatican employee from receiving work-related gifts with a value of over 40 euros ($48).
While “work-related” will likely be open to some interpretation, the prohibition is clearly aimed at cutting down on the sometimes lavish gifts that Vatican officials are accustomed to receiving from wealthy benefactors, friends and fellow clerics.
The practice was highlighted by the recent scandal over ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019 after the Vatican determined he sexually abused minors as well as adult seminarians. McCarrick was a successful fundraiser and was known for giving checks to Vatican officials, leading to speculation that his largesse helped him avoid punishment for his sexual misconduct, which was known in the Holy See as early as the 1990s.
The Vatican’s 2020 in-house investigation into McCarrick’s rise and fall said while his fundraising prowess weighed heavily in his advancement and nomination as archbishop of Washington, there was no evidence that his “customary gift-giving and donations impacted significant decisions made by the Holy See.”
In the preamble to the law, Francis wrote that the regulations were necessary “because corruption can manifest itself in different forms and ways.” Vatican superiors, he wrote, “have the particular responsibility of making concrete the fidelity of which the Gospel speaks, acting according to principles of transparency and the absence of any conflicts of interest.”
The Rev. Robert Gahl, vice chair of the Program of Church Management at Rome’s Pontifical Santa Croce University, said the pope is aiming to end conflicts of interest, patronage and corruption in the Holy See hierarchy and beyond.
“Most importantly, by limiting gifts to 40 euros, the pope is shutting down the main on-ramp for greed, corruption, and clericalism in the church,” he said in an email, calling the law a “courageous” and “giant step” toward real financial reform in the church.
The pontiff decreed that any new hires must sign a declaration attesting that they have never been convicted of a crime and aren’t currently under investigation for offenses that include money laundering, corruption, fraud, exploitation of minors or tax evasion.
The declaration must be reaffirmed every two years, with possible firing foreseen as the penalty for lying.
Also included in the declaration is the pledge that neither the manager nor third parties hold investments in offshore tax havens and that all investments are in line with the Catholic Church’s social doctrine. Such ethical investments would, for example, exclude holdings in weapons manufacturers.
Pia de Solenni, president and executive director of the Global Institute of Church Management, which aims to spread best financial practices throughout the church, said she hoped the law’s implementation plan would be made public so the church can be better served.
She welcomed the new law as “a step towards living the transparency and accountability that the Catholic Church should be modeling for the world.”
The gift cap is perhaps the most significant reform, since cardinals and Vatican monsignors routinely receive financial gifts to supplement their relatively modest salaries and pay for the secretaries and domestic staff who help them.
It is not unusual, for example, for Vatican higher-ups to receive Christmastime checks from fellow clerics from wealthier dioceses, or for a new cardinal to have his red cassock paid for thanks to a donation from his flock or a benefactor. If the cardinal is a Vatican manager, presumably, such sartorial gifts must now be renounced.
There have long been stories of powerful Vatican cardinals receiving outrageous gifts from fellow prelates, most famously the money and gifts from the disgraced founder of the Legion of Christ to key Vatican cardinals, despite decades of documentation that he was a drug addict who sexually abused his seminarians.
The law was published the same day that the Holy See’s adherence to international standards to fight money laundering and terrorism financing was reviewed by the Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee. The report will be released in a few weeks.
The meeting will take place in the afternoon of June 10, according to the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that a meeting between Putin and Pope Francis was in the works.
The president is also expected to visit Russia’s pavilion at the Expo world’s fair in Milan, where June 10 has been slated as Russia’s national day.
#AceWorldNews – ROME (Vatican City) – June 27 – The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse, AP reported.
Monsignor Jozef Wesolowski was also defrocked on Friday, in the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.
Wesolowski was found guilty by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and sentenced to the harshest penalty possible against a cleric: laicization.
He can no longer perform priestly duties or present himself as a priest.
The ex-ambassador, who also faces other charges from the criminal tribunal of Vatican City, can appeal.
(MSN) – Wesolowski is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be investigated for alleged sex abuse, and his case raised questions about whether the Vatican, by removing him from Dominican jurisdiction, was protecting him and placing its own investigations ahead of that of authorities in the Caribbean nation.
The Vatican has never said how Wesolowski responded to the charges and hasn’t provided any contact information for his lawyer.
#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – May 29 – Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on June 8 to unite in prayers for peace, the Vatican stated on Thursday.
Pope Francis invited the pair as he took part in a three-day tour of the Middle East, visiting the Holy Land last week.
The surprise invite was issued after a mass in Bethlehem.
Pope Francis said he hopes it will aid in the creation of an atmosphere conducive to peace talk resumption.
Pope Francis has likened the sexual abuse of children by priests to a “satanic Mass” – and announced his first meeting with a group of victims at the Vatican. Speaking to reporters on the plane taking him back from his Middle East trip, he also said he was in favour of celibacy for priests but that the “the door is always open” to change. In arguably his toughest statement on a crisis which has beset the Church for more than a decade, he said he would show zero tolerance for anyone who abused children. Asked about his approach to bishops who were accused of sexual abuse, he said “there will be no daddy’s boys”, adding that three bishops were currently being investigated. “Sexual abuse is such an ugly crime … because a priest who does this betrays the body of the Lord,” he said.
“It is like a satanic Mass.”
The pope met senior rabbis during his trip to the Holy Land
He said he would hold a meeting with around eight victims of sexual abuse at the Vatican early in June. It would be attended by Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston, who is leading a commission set up to study ways of dealing with the issue. Asked whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian churches, he said: “Celibacy is not a dogma. “It is a rule of life that I appreciate very much and I think it is a gift for the Church but since it is not a dogma, the door is always open.” The Pontiff went on to reveal he would travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January 2015. He also suggested he may follow in emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s footsteps and retire if he felt he no longer had the strength to do the job.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Manger Square from his popemobile
Pope Francis has made a plea for peace at the start of a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, saying the prolonged Israel-Palestinian conflict had become unacceptable.
On the second leg of a three-day visit to the Middle East, Pope Francis referred directly to the “state of Palestine”, giving support for its bid for full statehood recognition.
However Pope Francis, speaking at an official reception in the Palestinian-run city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, made clear that a negotiated accord was needed.
He called on leaders from both sides to show the necessary courage to forge a deal.
Pope Francis meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem
“The time has come for everyone to find the courage to be generous and creative in the service of the common good, the courage to forge a peace which rests on the acknowledgement by all of the right of two States to exist and to live in peace and security within internationally recognised borders,” he said.
US-backed negotiations aimed at ending the conflict collapsed last month, with the Israelis accusing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of sabotaging the talks by agreeing a unity deal with Hamas Islamists who run Gaza.
Standing alongside Mr Abbas, Pope Francis pointedly referred to him as “a man of peace and a peacemaker” before heading to Bethlehem’s Manger Square, close to where Christians believe Jesus was born, to celebrate an open-air Mass.
Pope Francis flew by helicopter to Bethlehem, becoming the first pontiff to travel directly to the West Bank rather than enter via Israel, in another nod to Palestinian statehood aspirations.
He is due to travel to Israel later in the day for several meetings, before returning home tomorrow.
8,000 police officers have been deployed in Jerusalem to guarantee his security.
I am on this story, have been a while, this court case against the Vatican and the Queen of the UK. It is getting bad for the accused. But don’t expect main stream media to go near this! From Brussels and the Canada case
The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State
Our Mandate: (1) To legally prosecute those people and institutions responsible for the exploitation, trafficking, torture and murder of children, past and present, and (2) To stop these and other criminal actions by church and state, including by disestablishing those same institutions.
Kevin Annett: Vatican rumors Pope Francis health/resignation to avoid Satanic murder evidence
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Amidst rumours that Pope Francis, Jorge Bergoglio, may step down from his office because of his public prosecution for child trafficking and murder, one of his fellow defendants has just done so. Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolas Pachon announced suddenly this week that he will resign from his office at the next General Congress of the Jesuits.
Along with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Bergoglio and Pachon are primary defendants in an historic criminal lawsuit being conducted by the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels that commenced on April 7, 2014. Several eyewitnesses who have given their deposition to the Court claim they witnessed Welby, Bergoglio and Pachon participate in child rape and sacrifice rituals connected to the notorious Jesuit-run Ninth Circle cult, during 2009 and 2010. In a statement generally unreported by the world media, Pachon announced on May 20 that he was stepping down from his office without giving a reason. The Italian TV news agency Rome Reports called Pachon’s resignation “unusual … for one of the leading prelates in the church”.
Pachon is the third top Vatican official to resign while in office after being prosecuted by the ICLCJ for crimes against humanity. Former Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, abdicated on February 11, 2013, barely two weeks before the ICLCJ jury found him guilty of complicity in child trafficking and murder. Another primary defendant in the same case, Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, also resigned after the verdict. ITCCS Field Secretary Kevin Annett commented today from Canada, “This is yet another huge admission of guilt by some of the most powerful men in the papacy. Obviously they are not untouchable, and their whole corrupt criminal syndicate is coming down. We should all take hope from this, and see that the law in the hands of the people can topple the worst tyrants.”
#AceNewsServices – ROME – Vatican – May 05 – The Vatican attempted to minimize its culpability over the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal as a UN committee on torture grilled the institution over it alleged “climate of impunity” which has prevailed for decades.
In a two-hour hearing in Geneva, the Committee Against Torture was unrelenting in its questioning of the Vatican delegation, asking about past policy decisions, the juridical distinction between the Holy See and Vatican City, and information on specific cases, Reuters reports.
The Vatican, which is set to issue a formal answer on Tuesday, said the church has been cleaning house for the past decade and was determined to protect children further with a series of measures, which they say has led to a decline in cases of sexual abuse by priests.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s UN ambassador in Geneva, maintained that the treaty only applied to the Vatican City, which covers an area of less than half a square kilometre and numbers fewer than 1,000. Tomasi said that although the Holy See can be viewed as a moral force, the “agent of justice” for crimes perpetuated against Catholics were the authorities in the states where those offences occurred.
“It should be stressed, particularly in light of much confusion, that the Holy See has no jurisdiction,” he said in opening remarks.
“The Holy See intends to focus exclusively on the Vatican City state,” he told the committee. “State authorities are obligated to protect and when necessary to prosecute persons under their jurisdiction.”
But committee member, Felice Gaer, asked if the Vatican was in fact being proactive in cleaning house internally, why had the institution’s first report to the committee been filed 9 years late. Gaer, an American human rights expert, further took issue with the church’s “alleged distinction” between the Vatican City and the Holy See, which can roughly be viewed as the central government of the Catholic Church.
The differentiation, she said, “would create important gaps in the coverage” of the treaty and is a “troubling” bit of legalese, AP reports.
“We call for all parties to adhere to the strict meaning of the convention,” Gaer told the Vatican delegation led by Tomasi.
The Vatican delegation’s appearance in Geneva marks the first time that the committee charged with enforcing the UN Convention Against Torture, which the Vatican ratified in 2002, has hauled the Holy See before its members.
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#AceNewsServices – ROME – UNITED NATIONS – May 02 – The United Nations Committee against Torture, which requires nations to come before the panel and defend their human rights records, will put an unlikely subject on its hot seat next week when it calls in the Vatican.
The UN panel, which includes representatives from China, the U.S. and eight other nations, will meet in Geneva and call the Vatican to account for its record on torture and inhumane punishment in a procedure to be aired live on the Internet beginning Monday.
It’s standard procedure for all 155 nations that signed on to the committee’s convention to submit a report and come before the panel, and the Vatican is both a nation-state and a signatory.
Cyprus, Lithuania, Guinea, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay are also scheduled to appear beginning next week.
“The Holy See initiated the procedure by submitting their written report,” Felice Gaer, the U.S. representative and a vice-chair of the committee, told FoxNews.com.
At past sessions, nations that carry out or condone practices universally recognized as inhumane have been forced to defend their records.
The Centre for Constitutional Rights, which represents the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has called for the committee to grill the Vatican regarding long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, contending failures in the Holy See’s response to the scandal amounts to a violation of the convention.
While it is possible the panel will raise long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, the Vatican report focuses mostly on what the church has and has not done to stop other nations from carrying out human rights violations.
Officials for the Holy See did not immediately return requests for comment.
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Most people in Europe know the truth about why the last Pope resigned and the connection to the Crown and the Vatican. I blogged this a week ago http://shaunynews.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/historic-breaking-news-canada-vatican-crown-guilty-of-genocide/ Now I certainly know for sure the Catholic Church is a monster, many people in my family me included and a hundred+ friends have walked away from the Catholic Church because the police don’t get called when a Priest sexually abuses a kid. And although the UN said they must now tell the police, from the safety of Vatican city laws the decision has been made they don’t have to report to the police. This is sick, perverted and there is NOTHING we can do about it, their own laws in Vatican City protect them. Anyone want to debate me, I have more, but if like most of the people in my real life, you are Catholic, you don’t want to know or see, trust me. But if you do, I will tell. I am now a Freelance Journalist, I tell news you WON’T see on TV , I don’t know about the USA, Australia and elsewhere, but here in Europe and the UK we all know the truth, 100% we do
The story connecting the Catholic Church, The Vatican, Child sex and Beastuality is real and adds up. Should I blog what I have I am in trouble. The video below is by a VERY WELL Respected You Tube alternative media lad, Daboo7, he is American and actually visits sites where proof shows things. Watch the video, don’t be ignorant. My family are Catholic, they see me write this I am a bad boy, but what do I do, I promised to tell the truth, no matter what. Sadly Catholics will deny even though the proof is there.
Italy’s bishops have adopted a policy, with backing from the Vatican, that states they are not obliged to inform police officers if they suspect a child has been molested. The Italian Bishops’ Conference said the guidelines published on Friday reflected suggestions from the Vatican’s office that handles sex abuse investigations. Victims have denounced how bishops systematically covered up abuse by moving priests while keeping prosecutors in the dark. Only in 2010 did the Vatican instruct bishops to report abuse to police — but only where required by law. Italian guidelines cite a 1985 treaty between the Vatican and Italy stipulating that clergy aren’t obliged to tell magistrates about information obtained through their religious ministry. The guidelines remind bishops, however, they have a ”moral duty“ to contribute to the common good.
The ruling comes less than a week after Pope Francis appointed a former child victim as one of the first members of a new commission to help the Catholic Church put an end to clerical sexual abuse. A UN report published in March blasted what it called the Vatican’s code of silence” around abusive priests. UN children’s rights experts estimate “tens of thousands of children worldwide” have been sexually abused by predatory clerics as a result of moving, rather than reporting, paedophiles. Speaking to Il Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis said at the time: “The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility. “No-one else has done more. Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked.”
#AceNewsServices – ROME/SYRIA – April 09 – Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of his deep grief over the assassination of the Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt in Syria and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence.
“May the weapons fall silent! No more war, no more destruction,” Pope Francis said, SANA reported.
“He was loved and valued by both Christians and Muslims,” the Pope told some 45,000 faithful assembled on the famous Vatican piazza.
“It filled me with profound pain and made me think of all the people who suffer and die in the martyred country,” he said.
A terrorist group on Monday shot dead the priest Frans van der Lugt in his monastery in Bustan al-Diwan neighbourhood in Homs city.
Incident Details: BY CAROL KURUVILLA NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:46 PM – A Dutch priest was beaten and shot to death in the garden of his monastery in the embattled Syrian city of Homs on Monday, after refusing to seek refuge in a safer place.
Rev. Frans Van Der Lugt, a 75-year-old Jesuit priest, was dragged outside his home and shot twice in the head by a single masked gunman.
Rev. Ziad Hillal, one of the 24 Christians who lived in the monastery, said that the violence was a “premeditated act” that specifically targeted the beloved, elderly priest http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dutch-jesuit-priest-shot-dead-syria-refusing-flee-besieged-city-article-1.1749611
#AceWorldNews – ROME – March 26 – The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a German Roman Catholic prelate known as the ‘bishop of bling’, Reuters said.
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who reportedly spent 31 million euro of Church funds on his residence, was ordered to leave his diocese last October and offered his resignation at the time.
The investigation was completed, and an apostolic administrator, Mons. Manfred Grothe was appointed to run the diocese for the time being. Tebartz-van Elst will be offered another position.
Pope Francis has asked the faithful of the diocese of Limburg to accept the decision “with docility” and to work to restore a “climate of charity and reconciliation,” according to the statement.
#AceWorldNews – VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis announced the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, tapping lay and religious experts – and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a priest – to start plotting the commission’s tasks and priorities.
The eight members were announced after Francis came under criticism from victims’ groups for a perceived lack of attention to the abuse scandal, which has seriously damaged the church’s reputation around the world and cost dioceses billions of dollars in legal fees and settlements.