Sex Crimes and the Vatican

Sex Crimes and the Vatican

2006, Crime  -   105 Comments
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Sex Crimes and the VaticanCreated in 1962, a now infamous document was issued in secret to bishops. Called Crimen Sollicitationis, it outlined procedures to be followed by bishops when dealing with allegations of child abuse, homosexuality and bestiality by members of the clergy. It swore all parties involved to secrecy on pain of excommunication from the Catholic Church.

This document was reissued in 2001 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and sent to all bishops. Yet rather than ordering more openness and cooperation with the authorities as demanded by both law enforcers and the victims, he reiterated its policies and ensured that the Code of Silence be applied to all cases of child abuse involving a priest. Cardinal Ratzinger also instructed that all cases should now be referred to his office directly and that he would maintain 'exclusive competence' over the handling of allegations. This is the Catholic Church's policy to this day and Cardinal Ratzinger is now Pope Benedict XVI.

The policy laid out in the above document has led to systemic failure by the result that a significant number of priest have, in effect, been allowed to abuse again, and further children have been put at risk.

As the documentary explores, Colm O'Gorman is the man responsible for breaking open decades of abuse by Catholic Priests in Ireland in the BAFTA award-winning BBC special Suing the Pope. He links international 'systemic evidence' to argue the Vatican has a policy to cover up the sexual abuse of thousands of children across the world.

In Sex Crimes and the Vatican O'Gorman explores four separate cases internationally of widespread clerical abuse, putting the Roman Catholic Church on trial for the reckless endangerment of children. O'Gorman raises the question, 'Is the Church in default of its obligation as a signatory to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child?' (Excerpt from

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2 months ago

These are not men of God... they are just dirty old men, period.

2 years ago

Now that the bodies of children are being found at catholic mission sites ,when will the abandoned missions on the remote shores of Great Slave Lake be dug up and investigated, all the locals say lots of souls were taken to these places to never be seen again, I think every site the Catholics had should be thoroughly investigated

2 years ago

"Sex Crimes and the Vatican" should be also available in the German language and shown now on German TV. Especially now, while the Cathl. Church is trying to hide more documents of sexually abused children.

El Narizon
3 years ago

This is not especially about the Vatican or about child abuse - it's about psychopaths and how they tend to gain control over the masses:
Andrew M. Lobaczewski
Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes
Rzeszów, 1984

6 years ago

Happened to me. I pray That they try to punish me.

J Olly
6 years ago

Lisa O

You have watched a BBC documentary, The same BBC that covered up paedophiles like Jimmy Savile and many others that we have yet to find out about, ergo by watching this documentary you have supported paedophilia

Robert McCulloch
6 years ago

I can't believe there is still such a thing as a Catholic Church. How foolish do you need to be to still believe there is an invisible man in the sky who gave his only son to die on a cross for our sins in the first place. And it turns out his representatives on earth, the Pope and all his friends included, are a bunch of sexually repressed pedophiles and con artists.
It's time to put an end to the Catholic Church and put their leaders in prison, or worse maybe, hand them over to the victims of their sex crimes.

Peter Goesinhim
7 years ago

These monsters need to be burned at the stake, if society had any sense

Henry Billows
7 years ago

I am a Roman Catholic. I was raised in a very religious family. Nothing that occurs in and around Catholicism will affect my faith and deep devotion for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I oppose of the Catholic Church and the Jesuit infiltrated Vatican since I read the oath of all Jesuits. The Vatican is a disgrace to Jesus Christ. It is an abomination and all those who worship the Pope as if he were God should stop doing so immediately. Stop giving money to the Roman Catholic Empire. The Catholic Bible omits and adds whatever it pleases to the Bible to accommodate their New World Order agenda. They have been behind every single war, genocide and famine and have even caused wars. This Papacy is the 666 Beast System and all people should "COME OUT OF HER". One can only make an educated guess that this is what this Bible phrase "come out of her" means, the Roman Catholic Church. I am extremely close with Jesus Christ and obey the 10 commandments. I live my life as if Jesus Christ would live his and when I falter I always recognize my flaws and immediately repent. I offer up all pain and sorrow in my life for the drops of blood Jesus Christ lost on the cross for our sins, so that we would be saved from eternal damnation. A lot of people have a hard time understanding this. Ask God to help you understand this by receiving the Holy Spirit. Nothing, no torture of any kind could make me turn my back on Jesus Christ. The Zionist controlled media and United States Government are also an abomination. Luciferians are lied to and refuse to see the fault in their ways. God help these people! The Jesuits who have taken an oath that is the exact opposite of anything Jesus Christ would do is an abomination. Through love, kindness, forgiveness, and living a Christlike life we will defeat all of the evil in this world. We are doing a much better job now than we have in the past. Keep up the great work all Holy people of this flat earth. Yes, they even lied to us about that. Seek the truth and you shall find it, with the Grace of God.

8 years ago

"Sorry, This video does not exist."

Silenced by the church once again? WTF? Raping little boys needn't any attention when the church's reputation is at risk!

8 years ago

only one word "jesus!"

Mahi Tuna
9 years ago

what other organization could survive such horrific atrocities and still have millions show up every sunday and throw money in the basket to continue to support it. Blind faith.

seamus watson
10 years ago

Their first and only response should have been to tell bishops to involve the police and give them and the victim their total compliance.

10 years ago

A secret vatican decree called "Crimen Sollictationis" protected priests and kept victims quiet, alluded authorities, withheld evidence, obstructed justice and covered up to "protect" priests and the name of the "almighty vatican"...this is just the tip of the iceberg...

First Nations people in Canada have experienced this for 500+ years, it has altered the states of our minds, beliefs and brain washed the population to accept their teachings as the "only one, the right one and the only way." It has made our people submissive to their cultures, beliefs and yearning to be like them and one of us.

The only way we can change this is to start with self, to take charge, take back what they ripped out of us..."The indian IN the child...the Spirit"...they knew that rape, molestation and sexual abuse was an instant spiritual removal to be replaced with their beliefs, teachings and they knew it would shut us up from speaking through the use of "fear of God, punishment or death to our families" is repetitive throughout the needs to stop.

First Nations people were just a practice run for the rest of the world...if they got away with it then...they can do it again...It goes back to a Papul Bull passed hundreds of years ago giving priests permission to have sexual relations with is documented in black and white...

It is time to wake up!

10 years ago

Documentaries are great but are only an idea and opinion at the end of the day. They are a stepping stone to our own investigations to confirm their presentations.. this doco for example is false right from the start!

The Code of Canon Law in force when Crimen sollicitationis was issuedobliged anyone whom a priest solicited in confession to denounce him within one month and ordered that any such priest be subjected to a serious ecclesiastical punishment:

Canon 904. In accordance with the apostolic constitutions... a penitent must within one month denounce to the local Ordinary or the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office a priest guilty of the crime of solicitation in confession; and a confessor must, under a grave obligation of conscience, inform a penitent of this duty.

Canon 2368 §1. Anyone who has committed the crime of solicitation dealt with in canon 904 is to be suspended from celebrating Mass and hearing sacramental confessions and, if the gravity of the crime calls for it, he is to be declared unfit for hearing them; he is to be deprived of all benefices and ranks, of the right to vote or be voted for, and is to be declared unfit for all of them, and in more serious cases he is to be reduced to the lay state.

Crimen sollicitationis indicated the procedure to be followed between a denunciation and the possible infliction of a penalty.

11 years ago

Homosexuals or not, the fact is that religion belief (no matter which one) is a way to control people. It's been like that since the beginning of humanity and it will always be. No wonder that most of the victims are from poor and illiterate families... Knowledge is a threat to any religion! What a bunch of hypocrites!
Believe in yourself! That's my view of faith.

11 years ago

The Catholic Church is just a Cult for Pedophiles and the Pope is the ring leader! Pedophiles are drawn to the Catholic Church for obvious reasons, because they know they will be protected by the Vatican.
My thoughts and good wishes to those who have suffered at the hands of these monsters, and may peace and a higher power be with you!

11 years ago

Nothing about the Catholic Church has changed since the Middle Ages. It still regards itself as a law unto itself, unaccountable to secular authorities. Let's not stop with priests, how about jailing a few bishops and cardinals and bringing this mephitic institution down to its knees, at least here in this country so that other countries can be inspired to follow suit.

11 years ago

Do not be deceived, people! This problem is not exclusively Catholic! With the exposure of the Catholic Church's abuse, more and more non Catholic abuse cases are being exposed in every sect of Christianity! It runs rampant in all of them, we are finding out.

Sara tayeb
11 years ago

As a muslim we believe in christianity and islam and many other relgions that allah ( God ) has conveyed to us in the Quran. Thus, I wouldnt link this to christianity being a bad thing since it came from allah, however , todays modern christians are following a changed bible. it isnt what allah has put it down as in exact. god knows whats true and what isnt. so leaving that aside, i think these are just sick people who abuse children using the name of god. And i can only say, may allah have no mercy upon them and i hope they get the punishments they deserve which i know they will as god is fair and leaves noone mistreated. Especially innocent children.

11 years ago

Let's see - can I be more disgusted and disturbed? NO! And they're wondering why more and more people are leaving the Catholic Church. At the top of it is the Pope, of all people, who has covered up all of this horror directed towards innocent children. How can anyone follow a religion that allows this abuse?

11 years ago

This is the church that wants the government to enforce church teachings.

11 years ago

The Pope gets his messages as God speaks to him and he informs the Church of Gods commands. Not. Ratzinger is a criminal who preaches to the Catholic Churches. If the Vatican was not it's own country this pervert and his mob of pedophiles would rot in jail.

11 years ago

The whore of Babylon.Get out of that church,its leaven(doctrine of devils)
will infect you.Jesus is real,but what they teach and practice is what Paul
calls a another Jesus.They are the sea beast of Rev.13 and Rev.17.

11 years ago

This is Abomination!

The Sins of Adultery and Fornication will not go Unpunished....
God is watching!

Adulteres and Fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of God. 1.corin.6:9
The wicked shall be turned into hell,,,Psa.9;17

Repent Now Before its too late!

11 years ago

I'M not a catholic and the bishops entered a case against me in the Nevada Supreme Court supporting rape crimes committed against me. I was on life support for 3 months and bishops of Nevada seem to enjoy the rape committed on me.

12 years ago

I would kill everyone who is guilty of such by one... in the name of THEIR god...

12 years ago

You may wonder why the Pope does not do anything. Well, obviously he rapes little boys. He would then get in prison too... the WHOLE LOT is a pedaphile haven.

Now, the comment below about how corps, colleges and every institution being like this is SOME WHAT true. But, do they have a policy IN THE OPEN DOCUMENT FORM to allow it to happen and then HARBOR the sex offenders (priests) under the guard of the vatican stronghold?

NO, they do not. So, the Vatican is a VERY VERY sick place to be, worship or do anything with. Imagine.

You may wonder why they rape kids. When you repress a Nature desire to mate/have sex only makes the desire stronger. So, men that may not be gay turn gay for little boys, because that is how strong the urge is to mate/have sex.

No excuses though... it is sick in the head on all levels.

12 years ago

Cover-ups are a natural consequence of institution's self preservational tendencies. Weather it be a corporation, a church or a country or a school. Why are these institutions corrupt? In other words; why do they do everything to preserve their power and image? The answer is because so many individuals depend on them. Again the root of the problem is the competitive nature of our society. A non-indoctrinated person who thinks outside the box would ask himself why do we have different religions, countries...etc and in the first place? What good do they do? Does the world really need the Catholic church? Why do some people have such psychoogical desire for religion? Can its benefits be achieved by other means? The problem here is not human nature but nothing more than historical practices preserved trough tradition. I also blame the "that's just the way it is" mentality - like a heard of sheep walking into an abyss.

12 years ago

The comment below mine is really disheartening. Likening gambling to child abuse is asinine.

12 years ago

EVERY religion has corruption at some level. It's mankind's dirty little not-so-secrets... YES - even your current religion that you feel would NEVER happen...

A priest or minister or elder that sexually manipulates anyone, including children, is just a pervert using his position to intimidate & abuse. We have bosses/employers who do the same thing...we call it sexual harassment. Also our sports coaches and so on...

This 'sh!t' goes on because we, as a society, continue to put other people in these elevated positions & give them complete control. None of us really knows what goes on in another persons mind.. And we have to remember that this is also a small percentage of these people committing these heinous acts... but by creating & putting these people in these positions turns over our control & authority over ourselves, our children and other possible victims.

And celibacy doesn't make someone a pervert or pedophile! They are already sick... psychology they are already pedophiles... they turn to their religion to absolve themselves & their conscience & in some cases punish themselves...

But on a lesser level don't we all do this? If you/we/I call ourselves christian (or perhaps another religion), and attend our place(s) of worship, in between MOST of us are doing things we are taught NOT to... drinking, gambling, fornicating, etc...

12 years ago

it's a strange phenomenon that perfectly lovely, kind, gentle, moral people who call themselves catholic are willing to overlook these disgusting facts, when if, for example, oxfam or some other organisation were discovered to be systematically raping children, they would be appalled. as they should be. i wonder why people don't simply choose to remain religious and even christian but disassociate themselves with a church that has literally become a nursery for rapists/paedophiles. how do the genuinely good-hearted people reconcile their morals with the rape committed by the people they look up to? it's a curious effect that religion has on people.

12 years ago

" you will Know the TREE by the FRUIT it bears" I renounced being a catholic when I was twelve. Who are these monsters? Really these guys being in their unique position* inflict the worst sort of sin upon the victims! My cousin was repeatly molested by "Father John" for years. Fucked his whole life up. I understand there is a special place in hell for scum like this.
*liasons between You and GOD

12 years ago


Re: Mary Power #57

What she said.

Mary Power
12 years ago

When the church, which holds itself up as the moral judge speaking with the authority of God gets caught diddling the choir boys and hanging out at gay sex bars, it calls into question whether the priests themselves actually believe the myths they peddle to the sheep. Or that God does not exist and you have all been played for total fools by the world's oldest ongoing fraud.

12 years ago

Doesn't anyone care to examine the obvious question? What are the statistical chances that a vast majority of pedophiles in the world would be drawn to the Catholic Church, when they could have easily practiced their sick "preferences" in any situation? Why would the Catholic Church leaders cover up such heinous crimes if they did not secretly condone it? Why was it so widespread, in every corner of the globe, under every socio-economic and political stratosphere? Why has the sexual abuse of children been found to be the case in every continent and culture that has had Catholic "parishes" in their country? Luciferian Ritual Abuse is the problem, not "sexual preference" or "sexual sickness", if you will. Ritual abuse of the children, in honor of their "god", is what's really going on. And the "god" that the Catholic Church worships is not the god that you may think...and I defy any person to actually LOOK at the history of the Catholic Church, and what it continues to do at this very minute, and still justify themselves in supporting this MAN-made institution. "And ye shall know a tree by it's fruit..."

12 years ago

I am also an athiest.
I was also abused as a child by both clergy and teachers.
I have been celibate now for the past 14 years, and have never felt the need to pass on my lessons of life.
So, no,, being celibate does presuppose a person to be a pedophile.

12 years ago

Catholic priests - pigs and debauchees! A world shame! My girlfriend was raped by the Catholic priest from award MSC from Slovakia, and conventuals forced it to make abortion! Vatican is a generation of a devil, and the Pope - a Satan
Perverts in cassocks! They all onanist, I myself once saw that the priest before Mass mastrubiroval! These people are taught life! They are defective! Celibacy - really devilish doctrine!

13 years ago


1. Pride is a sin (if you are genuinely Christian).
2. If you put Pope in jail, you don't have a Catholic church anymore. Since HE IS the Church.
3. I'm suprised you didn't realize it buy now.

13 years ago

I am overjoyed that mainstream society is finally beginning to see the evils of religion. The Catholic Church scandal is just one aspect of this medieval thinking. Faith is making a virtue out of non-thinking and believing what you know isn't so! A thousand years or so from now people will look back in disgust to the whole idea that man ever worshipped an invisible, non-existent deity. Any god or deity who creates a hell for his/her children should be the first to be burned in it! Leave it to man to screw things up!

13 years ago

As long as celibacy is practiced, sex abuse will continue. It has for years.

This is why Paul taught against the practice of celibacy,
"A bishop then must be blameless, THE HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach" (1 Timothy 3:2)

Just one of numerous teachings from the Bible that the Catholic church teaches and practices contrary to.

13 years ago

what a great and abominable church !

13 years ago

What does the Lord have to say about it...

Thou shalt not commit adultery, including fornication. (Matt 19:18)

But whoso shall offend (e.g. molest) one of these little ones (i.e. children) which believe in me, it were better for him (i.e. the offender) that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.(Matt 18:6)

Beware of false prophets (including priests), which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.(Matt 7:15)

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Eccl 12:14)

13 years ago

so that's it for Catholicism i guess .
it's should have ended a long time ago
i invite all catholics to depart from their faith and join something else
i would never like to have a catholic hangigng around near my kids
obliviously their faith has a relation to them loving to sodomize young boys .

deanna clark
13 years ago

Why do parents turn their children over to any adult whose personal habits are unknown to them? Celibacy is not the issue, but the cold, competitive loneliness, the alcohol...that guarantees serious and secretive trouble. For anybody. As for collaboration just for being Catholic...well let's examine collaboration. The worst sex abuse of minors today is in the garment and shoe industries. Children are being sold and kidnapped to make all our crapola we love so much we go into debt to buy. There are souls who vow to never wear slavemade clothing...that is a heroic personal choice. All of us are guilty of collaboration. Do we drive cars? To condemn the Catholic church as being worse than non-catholic systems is to pay the Church the compliment of being above others...being graced and stronger and therefore guiltier than merely human systems. It is "come to Jesus" time for this Church with the filth of child abuse. We will see if grace will make it honest and open at last.

13 years ago

Shallom to all, let's become a muslim. Pray only the Oneness of God the Almighty, no more trinity. I truly fed up with this! Jesus Christ will angry with us we do not fully follow him, now we just follow this kind of Pope as our leader. oo... God Almighty now i know which one right & which one wrong.

Michael "Darkjedi" Kappele
13 years ago

To Sarah and all others...sorry the catholic church is not growing,,,the Pagan Faiths are on the increase, the same faiths that the catholic church burn people for, I know Cause I am A Asatru Pagan Minister.

Everything the Catholic/Christian churches are, was taken from the pagan faiths of old.

And all it takes to let Priest marry again is a repeal of the PAPAL BULL of the 1100's.

13 years ago

@ zgbivana,,,
You cannot say the pope and those involved have nothing to do with real catholics! They are the head of the catholic church! All the men in power know what goes on and allow it! Why, the priests and bishops of your church are probably some of those peadophiles shuffled around abusing more and more innocent children along the way! How would u feel if you or one of your children were one of their many victims??? They are evil through and through. A female friend of mine was raised in a convent, and just today told me that if any of the children made a noise after dark, they would be forced to stand in the hallway all night till morning, and if they sat, they were beaten. Imagine how the REAL GOD feals watching these HYPOCRITES claim to be his people! And what of the Billions of dollars the have, using for hush money and supporting their lavish ways and extremely expensive churches, while the rest of the world is in financial crisis. NOTHING at all like Christ Jesus, who was humble and rode on a donky and washed the feet of his disciples! They are corrupt through and through! Their day has come, they are about to fall, just as the Bible says!

Huang Wenxin
13 years ago

After hearing the testimony of the Vatican Church having 7 million dollars budget in 1999 to silent child sex victim in order to maintain 'the peace and integrity of the church'. Even the thought that I have actually contributed (as contribution during a mass) to help the catholic church commit this kind of crime against small defenseless children makes me sick. I have long left the Catholic church, the reason been they have violate two basic demands from God written in the bible, 1) do not worship idols (they worship Mary and many other saints and a cross with Jesus still nailed on it), and 2) give out your wealth (they seems to be collecting more than anyone else, looking at all the expensive utensils, gran clothes and exclusive buildings). Now I can only say they have practice to the fullest of one commandment 'love you neighbor as yourself', but in a worst possible and wrong way.

Julia Daly
13 years ago

The Catholic church cannot go on behaving like a prim maiden aunt hoping that, if it closes its eyes, such unsavoury things will simply go away.

A good start would be to abandon the unhealthy, unnatural rule of celibacy celibacy, voluntary refusal to enter the married state, with abstinence from sexual activity. It is one of the typically Christian forms of asceticism in the priesthood

I fail to see how a married priest would be any less capable of spreading the word of God and saving souls. But he might be less inclined to work off his sexual frustrations on some innocent, trusting child.

I so glad i was sent to an Anglican Church as a child.