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Pope Criminalizes the Reporting of Sex Crimes

VATICAN CITY — Few eyebrows were raised last week when Pope Francis brought the Vatican’s legal system up to date by criminalizing leaks of official information and formalizing laws against sex crimes. But now that the laws have been made public, a closer look revealed that the pope has made it illegal to report sex crimes against children.

According to the new laws, revealing or receiving confidential Vatican information is now punishable by up to two years in prison, while newly defined sex crimes against children carry a sentence of up to twelve years. Because all sex crimes are kept confidential, there is no longer a legal way for Vatican officials to report sex crimes. It seems to be a very good reason for public concern and a thought-provoking law essay topic for students, doesn’t it?

“We didn’t mean for this to happen, obviously,” lamented Vatican foreign minister Monsignor Dominique Mamberti. “It’s quite the papal pickle that His Holiness has placed upon our heads. Sex crimes are more illegal than ever, but technically it’s illegal to report them.” Mamberti said that the simultaneous passing of each law is merely a coincidence and insisted that the Church is not trying to protect itself against further embarrassment, but critics outside the Vatican are skeptical.

“They know exactly what they’re doing,” claims Fabrizio Perona of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper. “They just thought nobody would notice. The Church wants to impress the world by getting tough on sex crimes, but they criminalized leaks, which is the only way anybody would ever discover their crimes. It’s genius, if you stop and think about it.”

Mamberti says plans are already being made to eliminate the loophole, but change often comes slowly to antiquated Vatican law, which is based on the 1889 Italian code. “We’re not going to let a dangerous law like this stand, but people need to understand that this is the Vatican, and there is a process here. Voting, incense, prayer. We ask the minors at risk to please be patient with us.”

Fortunately, only clergy and lay people who live and work in Vatican City are subject to the new legislation, which differs from the canon law governing the universal Catholic Church.

As the Holy See moves to clarify the law, Mamberti has warned would-be offenders within Vatican walls that they “are still subject to the most watchful eye of all: the eye of God. His judgment is greater than—oh, who am I kidding? For now, there is nothing we can do.”

192 COMMENTS

  1. I foolishly thought that they would progress into the 21st Century and elliminate this type of “Crime” against children – MY MISTAKE == They simply wish to protect themselves from public exposure and scrutiny, something they have always been doing. There is NO protection for the innocent victims (children) here.

  2. in a 1984 pedophilia-banking-religious-cartel scenario, hypocrisy found a way to self-expose how those stealers manipulate laws for their best intesrests in their owned judiciary corporated mafia systems…

    Vatican might be the smallest country in the world (if it still has a meaning to be as they are guilty of abuse of powers on too many fronts) it’s the biggest pedophilia mafia on Earth: “It’s quite the papal pickle that His Holiness has placed upon our heads. Sex crimes are more illegal than ever, but technically it’s illegal to report them.” Mamberti said that the simultaneous passing of each law is merely a coincidence and insisted that the Church is not trying to protect itself against further embarrassment, but critics outside the Vatican are skeptical. ”There is a process here. Voting, incense, prayer. We ask the minors at risk to please be patient with us.”.

    – What!

    “They know exactly what they’re doing,” claims Fabrizio Perona of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper. “They just thought nobody would notice. The Church wants to impress the world by getting tough on sex crimes, but they criminalized leaks, which is the only way anybody would ever discover their crimes. It’s genius, if you stop and think about it.”.

    – See more at: https://politicot.com/pope-criminalizes-the-reporting-of-sex-crimes/#sthash.TL3B8jc5.dpuf“.

  3. From the “About us” page:

    “Newslo is a fact-based satire website that covers politics, global affairs, sports, the media and everything else worth satirizing.Our purpose is not simply to waste your time by making you laugh, but to inspire and deliver insight through a satirical medium.To do this, Newslo uses a unique combination of facts, statistics and comedy to inform the visitor.”

  4. “It’s genius, if you stop and think about it.” Really? Wow, Fabrizio Perona you have a loose definition of genius. It’s simple and it’s sleazy. But mixing religion with lawyers, what would one expect?
    My favorite is – “…there is a process here. Voting, incense, prayer. We ask the minors at risk to please be patient with us.” So basically – “Just grin and bear that large man’s penis while we burn things to appease and appeal to our wondrous and magical man in the sky for the wisdom to stop that man from doing that to you.”
    Religion just needs to end. Grow up, people.

  5. Everyone that comments on this assumes that it is true. Use your heads people. Regardless of your hatred towards the Catholic Church do you really think that it’s leader would make this illegal when he knows how touchy this subject is? We’re all human beings. Let’s start using our brains! I feel like this world gets dumber everyday!

  6. (I’m apologizing ahead of time if I offend anyone with my language or Catholics out here with my views, not my intention HOWEVER if I don’t say what I feel my head will explode & we don’t want that.)

    Here we go:

    I know I shouldn’t be surprised by this popes actions BUT it seems to me that he much like the dead fucker before him are more concerned in hiding the truth than doing anything about it. The fact that their priest have & continue to rape. molest & sexually exploit little innocent children at an alarming rate should be enough to try them & shut the Vatican down. BUT let’s face it money talks & politics reign. May God have no mercy on their pathetic souls.

  7. As an atheist I had high hopes that this pope would be something different. The humble, no-frills, care-for-the-least-among-us guy that we’ve seen up to this point certainly doesn’t jive with the image of a pope who would protect abusers of children, but we have been deceived before. As a non-religious person, it is always my hope that people of faith will actually understand the basic teachings & expectations of their sacred texts and act accordingly, but it’s so rarely the case, especially on an institutional level. The ‘big three’ monotheistic faiths all have peace and charity, humility and equality at their very core, yet so few actually behave as if they really ‘get it’. I don’t believe in a deity, but I wish those who did practiced what their texts instruct, instead of finding ways to make those texts justify their own views. I know a few people who do live their faith as it was intended, but they are few and far between.

  8. This is a satire news site. What they report is not the REAL news but falsified to be humorous news. I can not believe the number of people who actually believe this article. If you believe it you may find the onion news site equally interesting. The squirrels are not all done with the nuts yet!

  9. This is an unjust and unholy law that the Vatican has passed! These people employ legal professionals who know every caveat and loophole and are experts in creating them. To claim that this law was an accident and its coinciding with the other law was mere coincidence – is another lie! They know what they’re doing and they know it will be years before any changes will happen (that is IF there is public protest), by that time it will become canon law! The RC church is rife with paedophilia and those who sanction these laws are just as much involved. But this is the way they want it!

    “Newslo is a fact-based satire website that covers politics, global affairs, sports, the media and everything else worth satirizing. Our purpose is not simply to waste your time by making you laugh, but to inspire and deliver insight through a satirical medium. To do this, Newslo uses a unique combination of facts, statistics and comedy to inform the visitor.”

    https://politicot.com/about-us/

    FACTS:-
    • Pope Francis brought the Vatican’s legal system up to date by criminalizing leaks of official information and formalizing laws against sex crimes.

    • Revealing or receiving confidential Vatican information is now punishable by up to two years in prison, while newly defined sex crimes against children carry a sentence of up to twelve years.

    • Based on the 1889 Italian code.

    • Only clergy and lay people who live and work in Vatican City are subject to the new legislation, which differs from the canon law governing the universal Catholic Church. [For the moment!]

    This article can be verified by the following news sites (and many more besides):-

    http://news.yahoo.com/pope-criminalizes-leaks-sex-abuse-first-laws-122255811.html
    http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/pope-expands-vatican-court-authority-criminalizes-leaks-sex-abuse
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/11/pope-criminalizes-leaks-sex-abuse-in-first-laws/2508013/
    http://www.ibtimes.com/pope-francis-criminalizes-child-sex-abuse-vatican-leaks-motu-proprio-1342173
    http://www.timesonline.com/news/world/europe/pope-criminalizes-leaks-sex-abuse-in-first-laws/article_8ed81b8f-a92c-596f-a038-4365c63ce04b.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/world/europe/pope-overhauls-vatican-laws.html?_r=0

  10. This article is a FAKE! in italy no one speaks about this! This phantomathic Fabrizio Perona of “La Repubblica” doesn’t exist! the only site that says something about this is this one and every other international site that reports the same news posts links to this page…

  11. Does he realize the audaciy of his statement; “There is a process here. Voting, incense, prayer. We ask the minors at risk to please be patient with us.” – Yes, Yes, definitely, you light some incense and pray while an innocent person or child is being sexually abused. Change your legal system today!

  12. The Catholic Church is run by and for child abusers, it is not a natural human way for any man to abstain from sex be they straight or gay.The fact that George.W.Bush. passed a law that made Pope JP the 2nd and all Pope’s thereafter EXEMPT from criminal prosecution of any kind should raise an enormous amount of suspicion of all Catholic Clergy.Each and everyone of them are guilty of crimes against humanity.They only get away with it because those dummies that follow this so called religión are totally brainwashed, starting the minute they are born.Wake up you fucking MORONS.

  13. The pope is unchanging in mentality – same role, different person. Let us not forget it was the POPE that started the very public European wide action to the crusades centuries ago – same role, different person. Let us not forget, this century, that THIS POPE -same role, different person – is the one who has said if you follow him on Twitter you’ll get free entry into Heaven (words to that effect anyway) (Google it), much the same as the POPE centuries ago said that to “fight” for Christianity would be penance enough for your sins and you would gain entry into Heaven.

  14. If they obeyed the bible and allow the men to marry they would have an outlet to their passion….and the children would be safe…..the first command in the bible is fill the earth…….and the part where it says IF YOU CAN MAKE ROOM FOR IT ( TO STAY SINGLE) THEN MAKE ROOM FOR IT…It is not a command for men to be celibate……And what is so celibate about sex with minors..it is still sex.

  15. The Catholic Church is a work of the devil to mislead people. Their churches are full of idols they chant (repeat prayers over and over) they call their teachers Father they forbid them to marry and then their fruits the evil the catholic church seethes with. Just my opinion. But, Scriptural as well, just saying.

  16. Wow! Since the poop is infallible. And this is the direct word of god. Looks to me like god is a child molester.
    Or maybe there is no god? And the church has been lying to everyone since it started.
    It is one or the other. Whichever you pick, dose not look good.

  17. They all bent whom support gaging laws, people have the right to know who the kiddy fiddlers are in the Vatican, the church by hiding things that are wrong by priests are doing the church an injustice and people involved must be brought to book.
    The Vatican has a problem to solve quickly before they go to purgatory and to hell.

  18. In typical denial mode, Jon Sorensen of Catholic Answers offhandedly dismissed this article as unreliable. His premise being that there is a button that separates the facts from the commentary. He implies that this makes Newslo a parody site, rather than a news site which just happens to have a useful tool.

    The facts and commentary of the article both point to the simple truth that the new Pope has indeed made it illegal for Vatican Officials to report abuse. Given the history of the Vatican’s many crimes and cover-ups. this move is not surprising. It’s yet another indication of an evil corrupt system which is bent on protecting it’s reputation, rather than protecting victimized children.

    Justin Dodd of Newslo got it right, and Jon Sorensen (article linked below) is propping up his denial on a heaping pile of balderdash.

    http://www.catholic.com/blog/jon-sorensen/pope-criminalizes-the-reporting-of-sex-crimes

  19. We’re not going to let a dangerous law like this stand, but people need to understand that (it takes lots of time). We ask the minors at risk to please be patient with us.” –
    We just ask them just to put up with being raped and psychologically tortured until we can get around to stopping the people doing it to you. Just remember that suicide is a sin.

  20. Seriously… we need to get rid of this shite. Why are we as a human race even tolerating this religious tripe? Law, tradition… ROME. Sex crimes against children should be punishable by death (yes, death) and let us TRY and build a safe haven where our children can enjoy what should be the most beautiful part of their lives. If we do not start now, the blame will not be on religion or law but on us.
    I am interested… would anyone agree?

  21. And people wonders why there are so many people that don’t believe in God and religion…. allowing these types of people to run the religious community….. I think I would rather keep my family beliefs as they are and keep my children safe from the disgusting illegal bull that goes on inside the churches…. because if it was one of my children I wouldn’t care how illegal reporting it was, I would spend my life in prision to protect them if necessary!

  22. Religion is poison and it’s appalling at how many still believe in this b.s. Mamberti: “It’s quite the papal pickle that His Holiness has placed upon our heads. Sex crimes are more illegal than ever, but technically it’s illegal to report them.” Seriously? Quite the papal pickle? This crap just gets better.

  23. Wow r u kidding me this aint about whos real!! These ppl r trying too help predators as i see the kids should not go near the pope or that place.. poor babies that r being molested right now ppl need too change this and protect kids from these sickos.. that proves the pope is a perv

  24. This is 2013, how anyone can believe this crap is beyond me. There is no God, your lives are wasted expecting a reward after our death, for being sheep..

    If there was a god and he had a plan all you whining to it (prayers) would be a waste f time anyway. Why would it change its plan to make you happy?

  25. If the Vatican want’s to keep this law that exploits children at risk, perhaps the rest of the civilized world should declare Catholicism as an ADULT ONLY Organization. Children under the age of 18 should be barred from entering Catholic Churches, just like they are not allowed to enter strip clubs and the like, because they (Vatican Officials) are protecting the perpetrators, and handing them more innocent children with this new law designed to exploit children.

  26. How can this bloke in one quick move cover all the filth that’s gone on there, and that guy Mamberti says stay calm because this was based on a 1889 Vatican law its going to take a lot of time to reverse this law, BULL SHIT mate change it now or we over throw the bloody Vatican!

  27. “We ask the minors at risk to be patient with us……” REALLY!!!! You dogs! There may be a child in a dark room scared half to death being molestered and the best you can do is ask them to understand your process. This really sickens me. As much as you claim to be about God and religion, I just can’t see a man like Jesus stand idle and wait for this “due process”. I am beside myself with rage! Hiding behind tradition is do very weak, but regardless of any points, a debate, understanding process, children are in unfathomable risk as a result, and you can file that paperwork to be dealt with at the right time. Ask the child or the parents when the right time is, I know what the answer will be!!! I can’t think straight, this is insanity!! .

  28. Fucking shame. I thought he would be the one to change things but I got my hopes up for nothing. This man, like many others in such a highly respected religious position, speak for themselves and their special interests and not for a higher being. This is why I don’t go to a Church or call myself anything. What I believe, stays at home with me and my family. If it’s not Politics I don’t share it like an STD.

  29. Religion is a crutch, Abolish it all and the world will be a better place for it. Stop looking to something that isn’t there and start dealing with your own shit instead of pretending some stupid imaginary freak will forgive you and you will float away to some stupid “Heaven” Get a grip people, all of our flipping wars are all based on stupid religion, if we didn’t have it we would all be the same and get along right……

  30. So when you’re visiting the Vatican, you want to make sure you don’t take your children with you. Meanwhile, people in countries with the opposite laws, where FAILING to report sex crimes against children is a felony, what do devout Catholics do? Sweep it under the rug? Does this make all devout Catholics potential criminals in every civilized country?

  31. I’m Catholic. See or hear about a child sex crime- 1) Find the Priest or other person 2) Beat the living crap out of him 3) Give him a low blow with a sharp metal object that render him impossible of sticking the little thing in anything again. 4) Now don’t report it until the guy can get up and walk to the Police Station to turn himself in with your foot up his ass.

  32. Just got to love Mamberti’s warning to would-be offenders that they “are still subject to the most watchful eye of all: the eye of God”.

    Doesn’t he realize that these criminals don’t even believe in God. And what good is “the watchful eye of God” if He does nothing to prevent even one single child from being sexually abused.

  33. What the actual fuck? Now why would an old man, who was chosen by god and all that crap, make it ILLEGAL to report sex crimes? No no, I’m sure he’s not trying to hide anything.
    This is fucking disgusting. Why isn’t there a law against making stupid laws? or at least one to protect whistle-blowers and people who want justice?
    Religion makes me sad..

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