Edgar Davie Special to Salem-News.com
Many offenders abused multiple victims, so children at risk is likely in the tens, or even hundreds, of thousands.
(NEW YORK) - On September 13th, 2011, ten years after first reports of priestly sex abuse in Boston, human rights lawyers with the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests filed an 84 page complaint and over 20,000 pages of supporting documents with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, urging it to investigate and prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and three top Vatican officials for crimes against humanity, all accused of knowingly abetting and covering up rape and sexual assault of women and children by celibate priests.
Dubious Vatican Statistics as of 2009 reveal at least 20,529 priests have abused children. Considering that many offenders abused multiple victims, the number of children at risk is likely in the tens, or even hundreds, of thousands.
The Penn State child abuse scandal pales in comparison to centuries of such abuse committed by celibate Catholic clerics, first described by St. Peter Damian’s Book of Gomorrah in 1050. Read more.