Earlier this week (January 7th, 2013), USA Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California to release 30,000 pages of classified Catholic files that name some high-ranking Church officials. The documents relate to Vatican priests accused of molesting children, and were used to help more than 550 plaintiffs settle with the archdiocese in 2007 for a record-breaking $US660 million. At that time, the files associated with the cases were ordered to be released to the public, but the Vatican argued for a process to firstly edit some personnel files before their release. Attorneys for the archdiocese wanted the names of Church hierarchs recorded in the documents to be blacked out, as was permitted by a 2010 order by Judge Dickran Tevrizian, who said he feared that releasing the names may be used to ‘embarrass or ridicule the Church’. In December 2012, the ‘Associated Press’ and the ‘Los Angeles Times’ intervened in the case and argued in court papers that the heavy redactions of the sort proposed by the Church would prevent the public from learning which top Vatican officials knew about the plague of pedophile priests, and their involvement in the cover-up of the scandal. Attorneys for the media’s challenge contended that the Vatican’s secrecy concerns were motivated by ‘a desire to avoid further embarrassment’ for the Church, rather than the privacy worries of the people named in the documents, as was claimed by the Church.
Rumors that Pope John Paul II is named in the files
Victims’ association, ‘Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests’ (SNAP) has welcomed Judge Elias’s decision, stating: ‘We’re thrilled and grateful that a California judge is refusing to protect corrupt Catholic officials by keeping long-secret and long-promised church abuse records hidden any longer’. It is believed that the names revealed in the documents range from priests at local churches, various bishops and cardinals, Pope John Paul II, and then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI today) who, since 2001 oversaw clerical sex abuse cases for the Vatican. As is now being revealed by the international media, the priesthood culture that operated under Pope John Paul II covered up the most grievous crimes and sins of child sex abuse, and many perpetrators were shielded by John Paul II himself, one example being the late Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, a Mexican pedophile priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ.
Something people should know about Pope John Paul II
Little does the public know that secret cash settlements to victims started shortly after John Paul II assumed the papal chair, and skyrocketed during his long pontificate. Nor do they know that dozens of known abuser priests took refuge in ministries in Third World countries with the blessing of both Pope John Paul II and his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. Under the papacy of John Paul II, the Catholic Church was revealed to be, and still is, a cesspool of pedophiles and pederasts priests. In October, 1992, and with the knowledge of John Paul II, the Fall River diocese secretly settled claims with 68 victims of notorious Catholic pedophile priest, Father James Porter (1935-2005), a convicted child sex molester and rapist, without disclosing the financial amounts involved. Another 31 lawsuits were settled later, again without disclosure of the sums of money involved, but a Vatican insider with connections to the IOR (Vatican Bank) told a Vatileaks representative that the secret settlements exceeded $US350 million.
Calling popes to accountability
Pope John Paul II went to his grave refusing to meet with victims of Church sex crimes and never voiced any apologies or regrets regarding his priesthood’s sexual abuse of minors or the Church of Rome’s premeditated cover-ups of hundreds of thousands of offenses. His stubborn refusals to demand the resignation of cardinals and bishops who aided, abetted, and suppressed the crimes are testimony to his callous indifference towards victims. Little did he realize that after his death, both he and Pope Benedict XVI would be revealed as the two major architects of the cover-up of the massive extent of priesthood sex scandals in the Catholic Church all over the world.
The Hague and a central secret
The institutionalized nature of Catholicism’s rampant criminal activity reveals the true nature of not only Pope John Paul II, but also the full Vatican bureaucracy that supports and encourages people with pedophilic persuasions into its priesthood and then systematically and knowingly conceals their felonies when the true motives of many priests are publicly exposed. The imminent release of this enormous collection of incriminating files may reveal a central Vatican secret about Pope John Paul II and assist the case currently in the International Criminal Court in The Hague to try Pope Benedict XVI and three cardinals for ‘crimes against humanity’. The release of the names in the confidential documents that the Vatican has aggressively tried to suppress for the last five years might help uncover the extent of a corrupt Vatican bureaucracy that has left the faith of many Catholic communities in tatters.