Deny Joseph Ratzinger, aka. Pope Benedict XVI, immunity from procecution.
  • Petitioned Giorgio Napolitano

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President of Italy
Giorgio Napolitano

Deny Joseph Ratzinger, aka. Pope Benedict XVI, immunity from procecution.

    1. Petition by

      International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, has scheduled a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano for Saturday, February 23 to discuss securing protection and immunity from prosecution from the Italian government, according to Italian media sources.

Ratzinger's meeting follows upon the apparent receipt by the Vatican of a diplomatic note from an undisclosed European government on February 4, stating its intention to issue an arrest warrant for Ratzinger, who resigned from his pontificate less than a week later.

In response to the February 23 meeting, the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS), through its field Secretary, Rev. Kevin Annett, has written to President Napolitano, asking him to refrain from assisting Ratzinger in evading justice.

Under international law and treaties that have been ratified by Italy, Napolitano and his government are forbidden from granting such protection to those like Joseph Ratzinger who have aided and abetted criminal actions, such as ordering Bishops and Cardinals all over the world to protect known child rapists among their clergy.

Napolitano's obligation to the Vatican through the Lateran Treaty does not negate or nullify the requirements of these higher moral and international laws; nor does it require that Napolitano gives any protection or immunity to a single individual like Joseph Ratzinger, especially after he has left his papal office.

Ample proof of Ratzinger's guilt in obstructing justice is broadly available online (search, for instance, "crimen sollicitationis"), more specifically, have a look at The Center for Constitutional Rights' website ( and at the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State:

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      The Degraded Status of Woman in the Bible - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1896 wrote:

      I have endeavored to dissipate these religious superstitions from the minds of women, and base their faith on science and reason, where I found for myself at last that peace and comfort I could never find in the Bible and the church...The less they believe, the better for their own happiness and development...

      For fifty years the women of this nation have tried to dam up this deadly stream that poisons all their lives, but thus far they have lacked the insight or courage to follow it back to its source and there strike the blow at the fountain of all tyranny, religious superstition, priestly power, and the cannon law.

      Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote:

      The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.

      Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote:

      The church is a terrible engine of oppression, especially as concerns women.

      Catherine Fahringer wrote:

      We would be 1,500 years ahead if it hadn't been for the church dragging science back by its coattails and burning our best mids at the stake.

      Kay Nolte Smith wrote:

      The tragedy is that every brain cell devoted to belief in the supernatural is a brain cell one cannot use to make life richer or easier or happier.

      The Progress of Religious Ideas Through Successive Ages - Lydia Maria Child, 1855 wrote:

      It is impossible to exaggerate the evil work theology has done in the world.

      A Few Reasons for Renouncing Christianity - Emma Martin


      There is yet another consideration which is fatal to the Christian religion, and that is its persecuting spirit. It calls in the aid of Ecclesiastical and civil laws, and the iron hand of custom to condemn, and if possible to punish those who may express different opinions to its own...Perish the cause which has no more rational argument in its favour than that which the stake or prison can supply.

      The Godly Women of the Bible - Ella E. Gibson, 1870 wrote:

      Christianity is an insult to the wisdom of the nineteenth century. To place before its progress and development a leader, ruler, king, saviour, god, whose knowledge was less than a modern five year old school girl, is an outrage upon humanity. -

      Woman's Nation Liberal Union Resolutions - Matilda Joslyn Gage, 1890 wrote:

      ...In order to help preserve the very life of the Republic, it is imperative that women should unite upon a platform of opposition to the teaching and aim of the ever most unscrupulous enemy of freedom --The Church.

      Matilda Joslyn Gage wrote:

      The church... bids people live under faith outside of evidence, and in thus doing is guilty of immeasurable evils to mankind. A bark without compass, it steers upon a sea of night no star illuminating the darkness...

      Matilda Joslyn Gage wrote:

      Possessing no proof of its (God's) existence, the church has ever fostered unintelligent belief. To doubt her "unverified" assertion has even been declared an unpardonable sin.

      Matilda Joslyn Gage wrote:

      The careful student of history will discover that Christianity has been of very little value in advancing civilization, but has done a great deal toward retarding it.

      Annie Besant from the Gospel of Atheism wrote:

      God is always the equivalent of "I do not know".

    • H. E. (Ernie) Schreiber OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      Nobody ought to be above the law!

    • Jarrod Blasius ANDERSON, IN
      • 10 months ago

      Speaking as a Catholic, I insist that the Pope should not be above the laws of man, and child rape is the most inexcusable of human actions. Ratzinger needs to understand that he deserves to be punished for condoning this behavior.

    • rikke drejer KøBENHAVN, DENMARK
      • 10 months ago

      Covering up/enabling sexual abuse of children is serious crime and should be punished accordingly

      • over 1 year ago

      this man is to be blamed for thousands of dead and suffering people because of his anti-condome, anti-sexualequality and anti-abortion laws!

      And he is to blame for hiding the violators who raped and abused thousands of children in the church!


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