You may have struggled to see this news over the last few days. In fact, even if you had searched your popular press publications ten times over, the chances are you still wouldn’t have seen it. The news is that the International Criminal Court has rejected a request by an abuse victims’ advocacy group (SNAP) to investigate Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and some cardinals for crimes against humanity.
The Vatican’s press office director Father Federico Lombardi told CNA (Catholic News Agency), “We have always thought that the Court would answer this way, given the unfounded accusation”.
The court rejected the request stating that there is “no basis” for the network’s claims that the abuse was perpetrated by the Vatican further stating that the matters described in the group’s communication did not appear to fall within the jurisdiction of the court. The group had claimed that Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials had put in place policies which allowed abuse to continue.
There is, of course, no victory in this. The victims of abuse across the world have suffered and we hope and pray that this suffering will, one day, come to an end.
Yet, while there is no victory, there is a sense of fairness in making sure this news does reach the world. In a society where the mainstream media do not hesitate to judge and condemn the Church at every turn there is a duty on us to make sure people know the ‘other news’ which the majority of the mainstream media choose not to report.