The Pope Sued by Victims of Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests

The Pope Sued by Victims of Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests

It appears The Pope will have to start taking accountability for his priests and bishops’ actions regarding sexual abuse on children. Just like any other denomination, the Roman Catholics are not above God’s wrath in cases of sexual misconduct and abuse of their leadership positions in the church.

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The Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit legal group, requested the inquiry on behalf of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, arguing that the global church has maintained a “long-standing and pervasive system of sexual violence” despite promises to swiftly oust predators.

The complaint names Pope Benedict XVI, partly in his former role as leader of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which in 2001 explicitly gained responsibility for overseeing abuse cases.

The victims per their attorneys say rape, sexual violence and torture are considered a crime against humanity as described in the international treaty that spells out the court’s mandate. The complaint also accuses Vatican officials of creating policies that perpetuated the damage, constituting an attack against a civilian population.

“We have tried everything we could think of to get them to stop and they won’t,” she told The Associated Press. “If the pope wanted to, he could take dramatic action at any time that would help protect children today and in the future, and he refuses to take the action,” said Barbara Blaine, president of the U.S.-based Survivors Network of those Abused by priests.

The Survivors Network and victims are pursuing the case as the abuse scandal, once dismissed as an American problem by the Vatican, intensifies around the world. Thousands of people have come forward in Ireland, Germany and elsewhere with reports of abusive priests, bishops who covered up for them and Vatican officials who moved so slowly to respond that molesters often stayed on the job for decades.

Though Vatican officials and church leaders have apologized repeatedly and toughened church policies on ousting abusers, the Survivors Network will pursue to have the pope held accountable.

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