Study for the Month of March 2013
The Papacy Series-Part II
Whole Gospel Ministries
VARIOUS REASONS OFFERED FOR POPE BENEDICT’S SUDDEN RESIGNATION
Source: GlobalBalita, Feb. 14, 2013 issue, published Feb. 14, 2013 in Politics & Government by Perry Diaz at http://globalbalita.com/2013/02. Posted on Feb. 13, 2013 by ITCCS (International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State). Issued Feb. 13, 2013 12:00 am GMT by Brussels Central Office
“Pope Benedict Resigned to Avoid Arrest. . .’
“Diplomatic Note issued to Vatican just prior to his resignation.” “New Pope and Catholic clergy face indictment and arrest as ‘Easter Reclamation’ Plan continues.’” “A Global Media Release and Statement from the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State.”
“The historically unprecedented resignation of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope this week was compelled by an upcoming action by a European government to issue and warrant of arrest against Ratzinger and a public lien against Vatican property and assets by Easter.
“The ITCCS Central Office in Brussels is compelled by Pope Benedict’s sudden abdication to disclose the following details”
“1. On Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, on the basis of evidence supplied by our affiliated Common Law Court of Justice (itccs.org), our Office concluded an agreement with representatives of a European nation and its courts to secure an arrest warrant against Jospeh Ratzinger, aka Pope Benedict, for crimes against humanity and ordering a criminal conspiracy.
“2. This arrest warrant was to be delivered to the office of the ‘Holy See’ in Rome on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. It allowed the nation in question to detain Ratzinger as a suspect in a crime if he enters its sovereign territory.
“3. A diplomatic note was issued by the said government’s to the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, on Monday, Feb. 3, 2013, informing Bertone of the impending arrest warrant and inviting his office to comply. No reply to this note was received from Cardinal Bertone or his office; but six days later, Pope Benedict resigned.
“4. The agreement between our Tribunal and the said nation included a second provision to issue a commercial lien through that nation’s courts against the property and wealth of the Roman Catholic church commencing on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. This lien was to be accompanied by a public and global ‘Easter Reclamation Campaign’ whereby Catholic church property was to be occupied and claimed by citizens as public assets forfeited under international law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
“5. It is the decision of our Tribunal and the said nation’s government to proceed with the arrest of Joseph Ratzinger upon his vacating the office of the Roman Pontiff on a charge of crimes against humanity and criminal conspiracy.
“6. It is our further decision to proceed as well with the indictment and arrest of Joseph Ratzinger’s successor as Pope on the same charges; and to enforce the commercial lien and ‘Easter Reclamation Campaign’ against the Roman Catholic church, as planned.
“In closing, our Tribunal acknowledges that Pope Benedict’s complicity in criminal activities of the Vatican Bank (IOR) was compelling his eventual dismissal by the highest officials of the Vatican.
But according to our sources, Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone forced Joseph Ratzinger’s resignation immediately, and in direct response to the diplomatic note concerning the arrest warrant that was issued to him by the said nation’s government on February 4, 2013.
“We call upon all citizens and governments to assist our efforts to legally and directly disestablish the Vatican, Inc. and arrest its chief officers and clergy who are complicit in crimes against humanity and the ongoing conspiracy to aid and protect child torture and trafficking.
“Further bulletins on the events of the Easter Reclamation Campaign will be issued by our Office this week.
“Issued 13 February, 2013.”
Source: GlobalBalita Feb. 16, 2013 / Featured, Politics & Government
‘ITCCS: Pope Benedict to seek immunity and protection . . . ‘
“Pope Benedict to seek immunity and protection from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on February 23. Posted on February 14, 2012 by itccs
“International Tribunal calls on Napolitano to ‘not collude in criminality,’ and announces global campaign to occupy Vatican property and launch human rights inquiry in Ital.
“Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, has scheduled a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano for Saturday, Feb. 23 to discuss securing protection and immunity from prosecution from the Italian government, according to Italian media sources.
“Ratzinger’s meeting follows upon the apparent receipt by Vatican of a diplomatic note from an undisclosed European government on Feb. 4, stating its intention to issue a warrant of arrest for Ratzinger, who resigned from his pontificate less than a week later.
“In response to the Feb. 23 meeting, the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS), through its field secretary, Rev. Kevin Annett, has written to President Napolitano, asking him to refrain from assisting Ratzinger in evading justice. . . . .
“A copy of the complete ITCCs letter follows:
“In response to the documented crimes of child torture, trafficking and genocide linked to Pope Benedict and Vatican officials, the ITCCS will be sponsoring a series of ongoing protests and occupations of Roman Catholic churches and offices through its affiliates around the world beginning in Easter week, March 24-31, 2013, and continuing indefinitely.
“These actions will accompany the legal efforts to bring Joseph Ratzinger and other Vatican officials to trial for their proven complicity in crimes against humanity and criminal conspiracy.
“The Easter Reclamation Campaign will seize church property and assets to prevent their use by child raping priests, who are protected under Catholic canon law. Citizens have this right to defend their communities and children when the [civil] authorities refuse to do so, under international law.
“Rev. Kevin Annett and an official delegation from the ITCCS Central office will also be convening a formal human rights inquiry in Rome commencing the week of May 13, 21013, to consider further charges against the Vatican and its new Pope for crimes against humanity and obstruction of justice.
“Rev. Annett and his delegation will be working with organizations across Italy in this investigation. In 2009 and 2010, he held rallies outside the Vatican and media and human rights groups across Italy to charge the Vatican with the death of more than 50,000 aboriginal children in Canada.
“An Open Letter and Appeal to Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy from Rev. Kevin D. Annett, Secretary of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State
14 February, 2013
Al Presidente della Repubblica Italiana Giorgio Napolitano
Presidenza della Repubblica
c/o Plazzo del Quirinale
“Dear President Napolitano,
“On behalf of our Tribunal and people of conscience everywhere, and the millions of victims of church abuse, I am making an appeal to you regarding your upcoming meeting with Joseph Ratzinger, who will retire soon as Pope Benedict, Pontiff of the Church of Rome.
“Our understanding is that, in the wake of pressure to have him resign his office because of his proven complicity in concealing child trafficking in his church and other crimes against humanity, Joseph Ratzinger is seeking the assistance of the Italian government in securing protection and immunity from legal prosecution.
“I need not remind you, Mr. President, that under international law and treaties that have been ratified by Italy, you and your government are forbidden from granting such protection to those like Joseph Ratzinger who have aided and abetted criminal actions, such as ordering Bishops and Cardinals in America and elsewhere to protect child rapists among clergy.
“Your obligation to the Vatican through the Lateran Treaties does not negate or nullify the requirements of these higher moral and international laws; nor does it require that you give any protection or immunity to a single individual like Joseph Ratzinger, especially after he has left his papal office.
“The need for you to abide by international law and not be seen to collude with Joseph Ratzinger is even more true for genocide and the deaths of at least 50,000 aboriginal child children in the Jesuit-initiated Indian residential school system, that operated until 1996.
“In Ireland, more than 10,000 women suffered and were exploited in the Catholic-run Magdalene Laundries, where many of them died. Similar church-run institutions all over the world have caused enormous mortality, disease and ruination for millions of children. And yet the church has never been held accountable or prosecuted for these deaths and the theft of enormous wealth from entire nations.
“With the recent initiative of at least one European government and a host of lawyers to bring Joseph Ratzinger and other church officials to trial for these crimes, we feel it is incumbent on you neither to assist nor to seen to assist or condone the attempt by him to evade, obstruct or delay justice, lest you open yourself to a charge of being and accessory to a crime.
“On behalf of our Tribunal and of so many people who cannot speak, I call on you to stand on the law of nations and humanity, and offer no support or protection to Joseph Ratzinger or his accessories in their efforts to evade responsibility for their proven crimes.
“I look forward to your reply, and discussing this with you more when I visit your country in May with a human rights delegation to investigate this matter more closely.
Kevin D. Annett, M.A., M.Div.
Secretary, The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State
Central Office, Brussels.”
Source: GlobalBalita Feb. 17, 2013 / Politics & Government
Pope will have security, immunity by remaining in the Vatican
By Philip Pullella
“(Reuters) – Pope Benedict’s decision to live in the Vatican after he resigns will provide him with security and privacy. It will also offer legal protection from any attempt to prosecute him in connection with sexual abuse cases around the world, Church sources and legal experts say.
“His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenseless. He couldn’t have his immunity, his prerogatives, his security, if he is anywhere else,’ said one Vatican official. ‘It is obviously necessary’ that he stays in the Vatican, said the source, adding that Benedict should have a ‘dignified existence’ in his remaining years.
“Vatican sources said officials had three main considerations in deciding that Benedict should live in a convent in the Vatican after he resigns on Feb. 28.
“Vatican police, who already know the pope and his habits, will be able to guarantee his privacy and security and not have to entrust it to a foreign police force, which would be necessary if he moved to another country. ‘I see a big problem if he would go anywhere else. I’m thinking of his personal security, his safety. We don’t have a secret service that devote huge resources (like they do) to ex-presidents,’ the official said.
“Another consideration was that if the pope did move permanently to another country, living in seclusion in a monastery in his native Germany, for example, the location might become a place of pilgrimage.
“This can be complicated for the Church, particularly in the unlikely event that the next pope makes decisions that may displease conservatives, who could then go to Benedict’s place of residence to pay tribute to him. ‘
‘That would be very problematic,’ another Vatican official said
“The final consideration is the pope’s potential exposure to legal claims over the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandals.
“In 2010, for example, Benedict was named as a defendant in a law suit alleging that he failed to take action as a cardinal in 1995 when he was allegedly told about a priest who had abused boys at a U.S. school for the deaf decades earlier. The lawyers withdrew the case last year and the Vatican said it was a major victory that proved the pope could not be held liable for the actions of abusive priests.
“Benedict is currently not named specifically in any other case. The Vatican does not expect any more but is not ruling out the possibility.
‘(If he lived anywhere else) then we might have those crazies* who are filing lawsuits, or some magistrate might arrest him like other (former) heads of state have been for alleged acts while he was head of state,’ one source said.
NOTE: What a terrible addition of insult to injury to call “crazies” those whose only courageous recourse is to file lawsuits against clergy in whom they entrusted their souls and safety! ( continued on page 2)