Ghostnuts Podcast #47 – The Corruption, Crime & Scandal of the Vatican
The Vatican is labeled as several things, a city, a state, a bank, a church, a government, a business and a crime syndicate. Let’s not jump the gun straight away back throughout history there are numerous things that the Vatican has endorsed and also played a part in, but we will relay on a few in today’s episode. Encircled by a 2-mile border with Italy, Vatican City is an independent city-state that covers just over 100 acres. Vatican City is governed as an absolute monarchy with the pope at its head. The Vatican mints its own euros, prints its own stamps, issues passports and license plates, operates media outlets and has its own flag and anthem.
If you look through history you can see that there always seems to be constant new sectors of Christianity. We have the initial divide which resulted in the Catholic and Orthodox churches which debated on a couple of differences, but the main one being supreme authority to the Pope. The next sector to split from the Catholics were the Lutherans/Protestants which like before had disputes with the Pope as he was offering Indulgences which were a way to be pardoned of your sins. However, in this case it was to fund the rebuild of the Basilica which made Martin Luther write the 95 theses which stated that the catholic church was finding a way to purchase salvation of their people by Pope Leo X, which resulted in the Protestant Reformation. And of course shortly after that there was the Church of England who broke away from the Catholic Church because King Henry the 8th wanted a divorce, which resulted in a big fargery the Romans as an ally, as there were religious crusades going on and England was left to fight against the Catholics. That is until an agreement with England to connect over their agreement to support everything mentioned at the Council of Trent in 1562.
There have been several popes who have come into power over the years all to adhere to one agreement, control religion to control the people, and yes there have been strange things that are not part of religion that the popes are happy to pass in order to capitalise on their power, such as:
Vaccines will get you into heaven
There is no afterlife
Support of evolution and darwinism
Corrupting and changing of the bible
A former Vatican archbishop accused of paedophilia stored tens of thousands of child porn videos and photos on a computer in his office at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic, it has emerged. Details of Jozef Wesolowski’s massive child porn stash have been revealed after the 66-year-old was arrested at the Vatican earlier this week. He is the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to be investigated for sex abuse, and the first top papal representative to receive a defrocking sentence. He has been charged with sexually abusing minors and child porn possession and might face up to seven years in the Vatican’s tiny jail. Some 160 videos showing teenage boys forced to perform sexual acts on themselves and on adults and more than 86,000 pornographic photos were meticulously archived in several category-based folders, the paper said. Investigators said that at least another 45,000 pictures were deleted.
A two year grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania found that over 300 Catholic priests sexually abused over 1000 children, and leadership within the church made the decision to cover it up and lie about it for decades. And that’s just in Pennsylvania. The Catholic Church is also directly responsible for the death of one of his sexual abuse victims (more on that later). The information was obtained largely through documents the church itself kept, recording a detailed history of known sexual perpetrators and child victims. The over 900-page report describes in horrific detail the depths to which the abuse went. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.” If that’s not enough, one of the incidents in the report details how a group of Catholic priests in Pittsburgh ran a child pornography ring.
Pell is essentially the treasurer of the Vatican and the Holy See in Rome, a high-ranking position. He was sentenced to 6 years because he jerked off infront of a child and for the penetration of 2 children. Three years and 8 months non-parole period. He was convicted of abusing two boys whom he had caught drinking sacramental wine in a rear room of the cathedral in late 1996, as hundreds of worshippers were streaming out of Sunday services. He was also found guilty of assaulting one of the boys in a corridor more than a month later. He was actually convicted of five offences in December last year, but details of the verdicts were kept secret for fear they would prejudice a second trial he was facing. Those charges have now been dropped even though a jury unanimously convicts Pell on all charges and Victoria court ruled to uphold the conviction.
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