April 9, 2010

THE unHOLY SEE-saw

Posted in Vatican tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:50 pm by Edna

THE unHOLY SEE-saw cc Edna Spennato 2010.

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New Allegations of Vatican Sex Coverups

Allegations have surfaced that the late pontiff John Paul ll blocked an investigation of a pedophile cardinal, promoted senior church officials despite allegations they had raped children, and covered up innumerable cases of sexual abuse of children during his 26-year papacy have cast a cloud over his path to sainthood.

The most serious claims concern Hans Groer, the Cardinal of Austria and a close friend of John Paul. Groer sexually abused an estimated 2,000 boys for decades, but was never hindered by Rome. The Groer affair became public in 1995 when former pupils of an elite Catholic school accused him of sexual abuse. Groer was never punished and some of his victims were offered “hush money” by the Church…

John Paul also faced criticism last week from Poland for protecting Archbishop Juliusz Paetz, who was accused of abusing trainee priests. Letters detailing the charges were sent to John Paul’s office and also to Ratzinger, but they were ignored…

Stanislaw Obirek, a Polish theologian and a former Jesuit priest, said: “I believe John Paul is the key person responsible for the cover-up of abuse cases because most of it occurred during his papacy. How can someone who is to blame for this be beatified?”…

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Pope’s immunity to prosecution may be challenged in Britain

Protests are growing against Pope Benedict XVI’s planned trip to Britain, where some lawyers question whether the Vatican’s implicit statehood status should shield the pope from prosecution over sex crimes by pedophile priests.

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on Downing Street’s web site against the pope’s 4-day visit to England and Scotland in September, which will cost U.K. taxpayers an estimated 15 million pounds ($22.5 million). The campaign has gained momentum as more Catholic sex abuse scandals have swept across Europe.

Although Benedict has not been accused of any crime, senior British lawyers are now examining whether the pope should have immunity as a head of state and whether he could be prosecuted under the principle of universal jurisdiction for an alleged systematic cover-up of sexual abuses by priests.

Universal jurisdiction — a concept in international law — allows judges to issue warrants for nearly any visitor accused of grievous crimes, no matter where they live. British judges have been more open to the concept than those in other countries.

Lawyers are divided over the immunity issue. Some argue that the Vatican isn’t a true state, while others note the Vatican has national relations with about 170 countries, including Britain. The Vatican is also the only non-member to have permanent observer status at the U.N…..

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Catholic church reluctant to release Canadian residential schools records

Study time at an Indian Residential School in Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, date unknown. Library and Archives Canada

Indian Residential School in Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, date unknown.

The Roman Catholic Church is balking at the release of Indian residential schools documents that name individual church members, insisting its concern is purely about respecting Canada’s privacy laws and not an attempt to cover up new allegations of abuse.

But the research director for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission says the denominations involved in residential schools are being unco-operative, and suggests the Catholic church in particular fears more abuse stories will come out against living members.

The Conservative government and the churches that helped run Canada’s Indian residential schools are sitting on mountains of archived material, but not a single page has yet been turned over to the commission…

“The TRC does not have a free fishing expedition. We are bound by the law,” he said. “The law does not allow us to deliver documents which are pertaining to individuals who are named in some documents…

Mr. Baribeau said regardless of how this debate ends, the commission will still receive 99 per cent of the documents it seeks from Catholic archives…

The commission’s research director, Trent University professor and historian John Milloy, described the situation far more bluntly in comments published recently in a Trent campus newspaper.

…With funding from Ottawa, the Roman Catholic Church ran more than 70 per cent of the Indian residential schools, which operated from the late 1800s to the 1970s….He said he has come across concern among Catholics that retirees living in church residences will be embarrassed.“There are former staff who live in community – brothers, sisters, priests and so on – and I know that some of the concern in the Catholic Church has been about the reputations and the kind of history related to people who are still living in community,” Mr. Scott said.

The churches’ promise to publicly disclose their private archives to the commission was considered a key victory by former students at the time of the 2007 multibillion-dollar out-of-court settlement between former students, the federal government and the churches that helped run the schools…

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Ireland Child Abuse Report Reveals Vatican, Police Cover-up Collusion

The Vatican refused to co-operate with an official inquiry investigating sexual abuse by clerics in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

The official Report of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin was published on Thursday. The investigation began in 2006, and covered the period 1975 – 2004.

The Commission’s brief was “to investigate how Church and state authorities handled allegation of child abuse against 46 priests”.

The inquiry condemned church leaders for covering-up abuse for decades.

The Commission examined complaints concerning over 320 children. Substantially more of the complaints related to boys. Of the 46 priests examined, 11 pleaded guilty to or were convicted in the criminal courts of sexual assaults on children.

The report revealed that all the Archbishops of Dublin in the period covered by the Commission were aware of some complaints.

However, it concluded that pre-occupations in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the Church’s reputation and the preservation of its assets.

All other considerations, including the welfare of children and justice for victims, were subordinated to these priorities, the report said.

According to the Commission, there was also collusion on the part of the police. A number of very senior members of the Irish police regarded priests as being outside their remit. There were some examples of them actually reporting complaints to the Archdiocese instead of investigating them.

The Vatican had refused to co-operate with the Commission, saying only that the request “had not gone through appropriate diplomatic channels”. A request for information from the Papal Nuncio also was ignored.

Following the publication of the Commission’s report, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland issued an apology.

Cardinal Sean Brady said he was deeply sorry and ashamed by the abuse the report had revealed…

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Vatican, Canadian church officials tried to keep sex scandal secret

A 1993 letter focuses on protecting the church’s image by preventing public knowledge of Bernard Prince’s abuse of altar boys…

The man Bishop Windle was writing about was then-monsignor Bernard Prince, now 75, a friend of the late Pope John Paul II who had just been posted to the Vatican as a high-ranking official working with missionary societies.

The year before Mr. Prince was sent to Rome, a man had complained to the diocese that the priest had molested him when he was a child…

In his letter to the papal nuncio, Bishop Windle cautioned the Vatican to avoid honouring Mr. Prince because it could anger victims and prompt them to contact police.

“The consequences of such an action would be disastrous, not only for the Canadian church but for the Holy See as well,” the bishop wrote…

It would only be in May, 2005, that a victim contacted the Ontario Provincial Police. Mr. Prince is now defrocked and serving a four-year sentence after being convicted in 2008 of sexually molesting 13 boys between 1964 and 1984…

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Church swamped by priest abuse claims

Norway’s Roman Catholic Church received so many email tip-offs about possible paedophile priests following revelations of abuse by a bishop that its computer crashed, a senior cleric said…

Bernt disclosed on Wednesday at the request of the Vatican that one of Norway’s former bishops, German Georg Mueller, had abused a choirboy in the early 1990s.

The newspaper said that its own research had in recent days uncovered nine sex abuse cases in the church…

Eidsvig said the church was aware of three cases in addition to Mueller and was ready to open its “secret” archives in which sensitive information on priests is held…

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Italy sees 130 priests investigated over abuse

Italian authorities have arrested, investigated or convicted 130 Catholic priests for sexually abusing children over the last decade, it has been claimed.

A report by prosecutors said that not one of the cases was referred to the police by the local bishop.

Sergio Cavaliere, a lawyer who has compiled evidence on the cases, said: “It’s an alarming figure if you consider that it’s only the tip of the iceberg, if you think about all the cases that haven’t shown up in the media or that haven’t gone to court.”

A prosecutor in Milan, Pietro Forno, who has won 10 convictions for paedophile priests, claimed that police suspected the existence of a “network of clergy who have a passion for minors”.

He said abusive priests had been shuffled between dioceses, where they were free to molest more children.

“It seems that some chose the priesthood with the aim of being close to children,” said Mr Forno, the head of a unit which investigates sex crimes…

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Former Catholic priest in Grand Prairie gets prison in child porn case

A former Catholic priest in Grand Prairie who pleaded guilty to downloading hundreds of pornographic images of children on a church computer in 2005 was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Tuesday…

…After the state case was dropped in 2006, Bagert was indicted in November 2008 and surrendered to federal authorities. He has been on supervised released ever since.

Bagert has left the priesthood and works as a traveling installer for hotel energy management systems.

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January 14, 2010

Barak Faces Arrest for War Crimes

Posted in Ehud Barak, Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:09 pm by Edna

Barak Faces Arrest for War Crimes cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 10 January 2009.

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Originally published at Auntie Ziona as Will Barak Follow in Eichmann’s Footsteps?

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This photomontage was based on the famous photograph of Eichmann taken at his trial.


Turkish Organization: Arrest Barak for War crimes When He Arrives Here

AL – MANAR TV 14/01/201014/01/2010 Despite the intensifying crisis between Israel and Turkey, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is insisting to follow through with his scheduled plans to visit Turkey next week. However, on Thursday it became clear that an arrest warrant may await him there.

One of the major human rights organizations in Turkey, Mazlumder, requested from the Turkish state prosecution to order that Barak be arrested upon landing in the country for what they call “his responsibility for war crimes during Operation Cast Lead….”

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Israeli officers fear UK arrest

Al Jazeera 5 January 2010. A group of Israeli military officers have delayed an official visit to Britain over fears they could be arrested on war crimes charges.

Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, said on Tuesday that four officers invited to the UK by the British army would not be travelling “as we do not have a 100 per cent guarantee that they will not become objects of criminal lawsuits”.

The officers, who hold ranks from major to colonel, are the latest in a string of Israeli politicians and military officials to call off travel to Britain due to fears over possible legal action…

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December 31, 2009

Blitzkrieg – Orders are Orders

Posted in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:37 am by Edna

Blitzkrieg – Orders are Orders cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 1 January 2009.

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Originally published at Auntie Ziona as Achtung, Goyza!

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Blitzkrieg – The Blood Flows in Gaza

Posted in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, war crimes, Zionism tagged , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by Edna

Blitzkrieg – The Blood Flows in Gaza cc Edna Spennato 2008.

Photomontage made on 31 December 2008.

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Cartoon of the Day on 2 January 2010 at Palestine Think Tank

Originally published at Auntie Ziona as Achtung, Goyza!

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December 22, 2009

Livni – War Criminal

Posted in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, Tzipi Livni, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:29 pm by Edna

Livni War Criminal cc Edna Spennato 2008.

Photomontage made on 28 December 2008.

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Originally published at Auntie Ziona as We Give our Light to Gaza on Hanukkah Shabbat

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December 21, 2009

Bring the Israeli War Criminals to Justice

Posted in Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, Tzipi Livni, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:48 am by Edna

Israeli War Criminals cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 5 Feb 2009.

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The response to violence is justice.  Please sign the universal petition to urge the ICC to bring the war criminals to justice.

Approximately 300 among NGOs and associations ask the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to open an investigation on the war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza. Our support is indispensable. Sign and circulate this urgent «universal petition».

To the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Law is the distinguishing mark of human civilisation. All progress made by humanity coincides with the consolidation of rights. The challenge that Israel’s aggression against Gaza poses to us consists in affirming, when confronted with such great suffering, that the response to violence is justice.

War crimes? Only courts are able to bring about a sentence, but all of us can bear witness, because a human being only exists in his relationship with others. The circumstances show the breadth of their dimension in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1949, «All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.»

The protection of populations, and not only of States, is the reason why the International Criminal Court exists. A population without a State is the most threatened of all, and before History, they are placed under the protection of international bodies. The most vulnerable populations must be the most protected. Killing Palestinian civilians, the Israeli armoured tanks have caused humanity as a whole to bleed. We have been insisting that the power of the Prosecutor be put at the service of all the victims, and this task must allow that the entire world receives a message of hope, that of the construction of international rights based on human rights. And together, one day, we can pay homage to the Palestinian people for the contribution that they have given to the defense of human freedom.

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February 12, 2009

And the Winner is…. Adolfa Livni!

Posted in Gaza, Israeli elections, Tzipi Livni, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:39 pm by Edna

beastie-and-the-boychicksBeastie and the Boychicks cc Edna Spennato 2008.

Photomontage made on 13 Dec 2008.

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Published at these links: Kenny’s Sideshow, Ziopedia here and here, Uprooted Palestinians, Auntie Ziona.

These two images were created about 2 weeks before the start of the so-called Hannukah Massacre on 27 Dec 2008, during the pre-Christmas period when Israel’s sinister foreign minister, Livni, was becoming more and more vocal about the genocide being planned for the people of Gaza.

And if the world’s people have anything to do with it, Livni, an ex-Mossad agent whose father was a well-known Irgun terrorist, will eventually be arrested to stand trial for war crimes at the Hague.  She is likely to go down in history as one of the least nurturing women of all time, despite the fact that she has two sons of her own.

Using a “shoot anything that moves” approach to wiping out the caged civilians of Gaza, and testing out a variety of new and terrible illegal weapons for the demonic American military, this psychopath was the person probably most responsible for the mass murder of over a thousand civilians in a three week period.

The American-Israeli blood-letting spree came to a slow halt literally only an hour or two before the start of the inauguration celebrations in the USA, only because of the request from Barky not to rain (blood) on his parade.

This brought about a terrible juxtaposition of concurrent experiences in the collective consciousness which has really fucked with the minds and hearts of the world’s people, and added massively to the collective desensitization process which Obama took advantage of three days after becoming POTUS.

One of his first actions was to sign the order to aerial bomb a rural village in Pakistan, a country with which America is not even at war (i.e. this action made him a war criminal), which gave Barky his first big kill of over 20 people, including many children, without it receiving more than a page 5 mention in the mainstream press.

Like a massive snuff movie in which the perpetrators are smiling, dancing and eating caviar, the grisly juxtaposition of scenes on our PC monitors of shocked and injured Gazans frantically digging through the rubble to find their loved ones, with the scenes of dewy-eyed crowds at the inauguration bash on TVs all around the world was nauseatingly pornographic to some if us.  As the first notes of the “Star-Spangled Banner” struck up, and the balloons and glitter and the “Yes We Can” refrain went out, the Gazans were pulling charred and dog-eaten babies out of still-smoudering ruins.

If we really are all One, this experience had a fragmenting effect on our collective consciousness in a way similar to the manner in which the CIA programmes its mind-controlled operatives through the Monarch project.

It would have been a lot less disturbing had the Americans made the inauguration a somber affair, with dignitaries wearing black armbands out of respect for the dead civilians of Gaza killed by American weaponry, but being expected to collectively weep tears of sentimentality for Obama, while simultaneously swallowing one’s heartbreak and disgust at the genocide in Gaza, has brought a deep wounding to our collective soul.  It’s going to take a lot of healing to fix this one.

Like the rest of her cohorts in the Knesset, Livni’s ultimate goal is clearly the genocide of the entire Palestinian people, for which she can count on for help, as usual, from the USA and EU.

She has managed to worsen a humanitarian crisis in Gaza already so severe that the world has not seen anything quite as barbaric since the Bolsheviks used starvation as a weapon to wipe out the entire population of the Ukraine.

Heil, Adolfa Livni!

What terrible plans do you have for the true semitic people of occupied Palestine, the starving people locked up in the largest concentration camp the world has ever seen?

Enjoy your freedom while it lasts.  See you at the Hague.

adolfa-livniAdolfa Livni cc Edna Spennato 2008.

Photomontage made on 15 Dec 2008

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January 26, 2009

The Three Stooges in ‘Genocide in Gaza’

Posted in Ehud Olmert, Gaza, George Bush, Mahmoud Abbas, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:44 pm by Edna

The Three Stooges in Genocide in GazaThe 3 Stooges in ‘Genocide in Gaza’ cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 25 Jan 2009.

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Death squads supplied by “Moe” Olmert, currently a perpetual prisoner inside Israel Occupied Palestine, living in fear of the coming War Crimes Tribunal.

Unconventional weaponry supplied by “Larry” Bush as one final act of mass murder before retiring to his ranch in Paraguay, from where he believes he cannot be extradited to face charges for crimes against humanity.

Access to a caged civilian population supplied by “Curley” Abbas Mazen, who avoided the recent Middle Eastern summit for fear that “they will cut my throat”, and the proud owner of the only house still left standing in Gaza.

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January 24, 2009

Massacre of the Innocents 2009

Posted in Ehud Barak, Gaza, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:46 pm by Edna

Massacre of the Innocents 2009 Massacre of the Innocents cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 11 Jan 2009.

Ehud Barak must be brought to trial at the Hague to face charges of genocide and infanticide.

Who gave the orders to the IDF death squads to murder the children of Gaza at close-range, with a bullet to the head or the middle of the torso ?

Ehud the Great, King of JudeaEhud the Great, King of Judea cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 11 Jan 2009.

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January 19, 2009

See No Evil

Posted in Gaza, Obama, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:32 pm by Edna

see-no-evil-obamaSee No Evil cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 19 Jan 2009.

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