The Papal Edict commanded that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities (which is the law). Bishops should encourage the victim's, witnesses and perpetrators not to talk about it at all. And to keep the victims quiet. The document threatened that if they repeated the allegations they would be excommunicated!
To the true believer, that meant you were being threatened with Eternal Damnation if you stood up for these young victims and told the truth. And to think, The Church Calls Itself Holy!
The Church further reinforced this strict cover-up policy by introducing a new principle: The Vatican must have what it calls "Exclusive Competence". In other words the Pope (then Cardinal Ratzinger) demanded that all child abuse allegations should be dealt with directly by Rome and no one else.
As Father Tom Doyle, a former Vatican lawyer until he was sacked for criticizing the church's policies states: "What we have here is an explicit written policy to cover up cases of child sexual abuse by the clergy and to punish those who would call attention to these crimes."
Father Patrick Wall, another former Vatican approved official who was working in America said. "I found out I wasn't working for a holy institution at all, but rather a for-profit organization. That was solely concentrated on protecting itself and its bottom line."
What does it mean when an institution commands a "Code of Silence" and compliance even when serious criminal acts are involved? Sounds like "Organized Crime" to me.
What does it mean when you knowingly and deliberately conceal the criminal and felonious acts of another? Isn't that aiding and abetting, isn't that criminal conspiracy?
And what does it mean when you do all this to protect your goodwill, reputation, and ultimately your profits? Isn't that some sort of racketeering?
Let's face it, if you or I did any of these things. We'd Be in Jail!!
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