AMSTERDAM - Lawyers for victims of sexual abuse by
the clergy have asked the International Criminal Court to investigate
Pope Benedict XVI and three top Vatican officials for crimes against
humanity for allowing rape and child sex crimes.
Together with New York-based rights group Center for Constitutional
Rights (CCR), the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
(SNAP) filed a complaint with the ICC alleging that Vatican officials
have tolerated and enabled sex crimes.
"Crimes against tens of thousands of victims, most of them children, are
being covered up by officials at the highest level of the Vatican. In
this case, all roads really do lead to Rome," CCR attorney Pam Spees
The Catholic Church has been rocked by a series of sexual abuse cover-up
scandals in both Europe and the United States in recent years.