Saturday, 19 May 2012

The threats to the Church in full

Late last night I posted a portion of a communique issued by the anti Catholic mob coalition issued on 4th May.

The question has been posed: "Just what do they think they will do?"

I would not like to put ideas into anyone's head but a fairly obvious speculation is that they would disrupt Masses and make life generally very tough for our priests (by employing some of the dark arts of the animal rights terrorists).

One action we are sure of, they plan a sit in at Churches throughout the land (world?). That will not be good. Sunday June 3rd is their date for the big sit in, pray that common sense will prevail.

Here is the communique in full. It does not require any comment from me:

Catholic Church Faces Disruption and Banishment as Irish Cardinal set to resign

A Communique from ITCCS International, Brussels and Dublin: May 4, 2012

 Survivors of church torture in Ireland met with Archbishop Martin in Dublin today and presented him and the church ten non-negotiable demands; if the church does not comply, it will face more occupations 

The Roman Catholic Church faces permanent disruption and banishment in at least five countries if it does not comply with ten “non-negotiable measures” by September 15, 2012, according to a global coalition of survivors of church rape and torture.

The list of measures was issued today at a meeting in Dublin, Ireland between Archbishop Dermot Martin and representatives of Anti Catholic Church Activists Worldwide (ACCAW), Magdalene Laundry survivors, and the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State – Ireland (ITCCS).

The measures demanded of the Catholic Church include the defrocking of all child raping priests, the licensing of all other clergy as public servants, the return of the remains of all who died under Church care, the annulment of tax exemptions and other Church privileges, and the return of all of the Church’s wealth generated by the exploitation of children.

The full statement outlining these measures is reproduced below, including an attached audio recording of the statement.

Issued on the eve of the impending resignation of the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, for his protection of child raping priests, the statement was delivered by John Deegan of ACCAW and ITCCS Ireland members Gerry O’Donovan and Dave O’Brien, who confronted Archbishop Martin with the demands.

The Ten Point statement was issued by The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, an umbrella organization of over fifty organizations in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Australia.

Pope Benedict and his Bishops have until midnight on September 15 to start complying with these measures” said ITCCS Secretary Kevin Annett today.

“After that, we will begin actions to halt the normal operation of the Roman Catholic Church around the world, and we will seek indictments against Pope Benedict and other Vatican officials for crimes against humanity and criminal conspiracy.”

The ACCAW, ITCCS and other groups have staged high profile occupations of Catholic churches during their regular services, and plan to escalate these actions into “a permanent campaign of non-violent disruption and civil disobedience aimed at the Roman Catholic Church … until the Church’s reign of terror over children is ended.”

Issued May 4, 2012 by ITCCS International – Brussels
Information: or 250-591-4573 (Canada) and or (Ireland)

An Open Letter to Archbishop Dermot Martin and the Bishops and Clergy of Ireland, from The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State
Issued to a meeting with Archbishop Martin on May 4, 2012
My name is Kevin Annett and I am the Secretary of the five-nation body known as The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS). I am speaking on behalf of the ITCCS and our affiliate organization in Ireland.

Our coalition represents over fifty organizations in Canada, the United States, Ireland, England and Australia, including many survivors of church terror.

We have also been recognized by seven aboriginal nations in North America, and been authorized by them to recover the remains of their relatives who died in Catholic Indian residential schools and orphanages; and to bring to justice those responsible for the death of over 50,000 children in these church-run institutions.

Let us state clearly that the time for polite talk is over.

The Roman Catholic Church has imposed and is perpetrating a reign of terror and crimes against humanity on generations of children, is actively concealing those crimes and protecting child rapists and murderers in its ranks, and has shown no desire or capacity to change the policies or practices that allow these unspeakable crimes to continue.

Nevertheless, on behalf of the nations and survivors we represent, and the Executive Council of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, I have been authorized to give the Church a final opportunity to change, by presenting the following demands to the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, as we have already done to Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, and Vatican officials.

The following concrete actions by the Church are required if justice is to be won for its victims and if the crimes it has committed and continue to cover up are to end.

If the Church fails to abide by these basic commandments of humanity and the law, we will take permanent action to end its criminal regime.

1. The Church must issue full reparations to all of its victims, including by paying for all of their medical and counseling bills, the cost of their rehabilitation and retraining, and for any of their disabilities and losses.

2. The Church must surrender for a proper burial, without conditions and at its own expense, the remains of all those who died in its institutions or while under its care.

3. The Church must return all land and property taken from its victims, and restore all of the wealth generated by its exploitation of them as children, including the wealth created from their unpaid or low paid labor.

4. The Church must surrender without conditions all of the evidence of its crimes against children, and all of those persons responsible for committing these crimes and concealing them, including its highest officials. The Church must fully disclose this evidence and participate without conditions in all public investigations into its crimes.
5. The Church and its guilty parties cannot hide behind so-called diplomatic immunity or other privileges to evade justice and avoid prosecution. The Vatican must end its official cover up and annul its policy known as Crimen Sollicitationis, which compels Catholic clergy to conceal crimes committed against children in their parishes.

6. The Church must immediately expel and defrock all known child raping priests, officials and employees in its ranks, and defrock any clergy who harms a child or conceals such harm.

7. All clergy and Church officials must agree to be licensed and monitored as public servants, and take a legally binding, public oath to protect without conditions the rights and sanctity of children and disclose any harm done to them.

8. The Church must forgo and withdraw from all of the tax exemptions, financial concordats and agreements, and other special privileges presently granted to it under the laws of nations.

9. The Vatican must agree to the annulment of its status as a so-called state, and free its congregations and dioceses from its authority so that they may act according to the wishes and needs of their respective communities and their faith, and not the political and financial requirements of the Vatican.

10. All of the wealth accumulated by the Church and the Vatican Bank through land theft and conquest, and from tax exemptions, concordats, and from its operations around the world that have harmed children through the exploitation of their labor, such as the Magdalene Laundries and Indian residential schools, must be returned to its victims and to the poor in general through a direct, public redistribution of that wealth, as Christ himself commands.

We have been instructed to inform the Bishops of Ireland, as we have notified the Vatican, that they have until September 15, 2012, to agree to these demands and implement these ten measures. If they fail to commence to do so by midnight of that date, we will enact the following measures:
1. The Roman Catholic Church will be formally and forever banished from our communities, and measures will be taken to legally and practically prevent it from operating;

2. Roman Catholic churches, agencies and offices around the world will be permanently disrupted and occupied as part of an ongoing campaign of non-violent civil disobedience; and

3. Our International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State will reconvene its court, and will seek the immediate detaining for questioning of the highest officials of your Roman Catholic Church, including Pope Benedict, on charges of obstruction of justice, criminal conspiracy, and crimes against humanity.
It is time for all people of conscience within the Church to choose who they will serve: a self-governing, criminal church system that sets itself above the law and God – or its suffering victims, and justice.

We urge Catholics to choose life, by making these ten steps a reality. Otherwise, the Roman Catholic Church will have forfeited its right to operate in our communities and in our world.

By this declaration, we are lending our active support to the Irish survivors of rape and torture by the Roman Catholic Church who are meeting with Archbishop Martin today. These survivors include members of ACCAW, the ITCCS, and Magdalene laundry victims.
We stand as a united front with these brothers and sisters, and with all victims of Church terror anywhere in the world. We will never stop until justice is achieved, and the reign of terror against children everywhere is ended.

We will be sharing this letter with our affiliates around the world, as well as with the global media, judicial bodies, and governments.

We welcome a formal response from the office of Archbishop Martin, and we call upon the Church to accept the demands and wishes of the Irish survivors who are meeting today with Archbishop Martin.

Signed on behalf of The Executive Council of The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

Reverend Kevin D. Annett, ITCCS Secretary

Gerry O’Donovan, ITCCS Ireland

Dave O’Brien, ITCCS Ireland

Issued May 4, 2012 by ITCCS International (Brussels)

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  1. It appears that Kevin D. Annett has form on this sort of thing:

    Kevin Annett along with the Mohawk Nation in Ontario publicized on Nov 29,2011 that they had found the human bones of a child. They stated that 16 bones were found, one that was human. Since that time that bones have disappeared. Kevin Annett took over the findings and as a reply to APTN ( Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) question in interview to the whereabouts of the bones. Kevin Annett released a statement attacking the APTN and said that the bones had been sent to the United States for archeological discoveries. As of the present date there has been no further information about these bones or the archeological findings to the question if the bones were human or not.


    On March 22, 2008 "Friends of the Disappeared" disrupted the Easter Sunday Mass of Vancouver's Holy Rosary Cathedral. In addition to causing a disturbance in the actual sanctuary, the protesters yelled at parishioners as they arrived for Easter Mass by calling them "murderers." Annett claimed these actions were "authorized" by Gerald Johnston, who claimed to be the Squamish First Nation's hereditary chief Kiapilano. On March 17 the Squamish First Nation issued statements that Annett "is not a member of the Nation and has no association with the Nation whatsoever", that they do not recognize Gerald Johnston as a hereditary chief, and that he has "neither the authority nor the capacity" to act on their behalf."

    He is a former member of the clergy of the United Church of Canada, who have removed him as one of their ministers for similar scandal-raking against them:

    One notes these paragraphs about a previous tribunal organised by Mr. Annett:

    "Further, the tribunal personally organized by Mr. Annett in 1998 was not a United Nations initiative nor was it "affiliated" with the United Nations. The International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) was present solely as an observer group. (See a 1998 press release issued by SISIS: Settlers in Support of Indigenous Sovereignty.)

    Former students have told the church that the distortion and misrepresentation of facts by Mr. Annett does not serve the interests of the survivors of the residential school system nor their families. In fact, it undermines the efforts made by all parties to face the ugly realities of the residential school system and to work toward understanding, healing, and reconciliation.

    Mr. Annett is or has been active under the identities of Friends of the Disappeared, the Tribunal into Canadian Residential Schools, and the Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada, as well as the name Eagle Strong Voice."

  2. One notes that the "ITCCS"'s own web story about this uses a video of Protest the Pope with overlayed text, together a single image of what appears to be perhaps 10 people with their banner:

    Furthermore, the "Tribunal" apparently consists solely of... one Kevin D. Annett!

    Oh, and a "Director of Communications", Andrew-Neil Paterson.

    It's list of sponsors puts at the top another of Annett's groups:

    And given his previous form, one wonders how many of the other groups who are claimed to sponsor the "tribunal" are (a) actually engaged in endorsing this operation, or (b) run by Annett himself. Regardless, the ITCCS evidently does not represent more than fifty organisations, and one wonders how many of the seven aboriginal nations Annett claims to represent have actually authorised him to act on their behalf.

    One notes that "Anti Catholic Church Activists Ireland" has two likes on Facebook, and is led by a man who has tweeted six times, five of which appear to be spam links about making money:!/seanoduibhginn

    All in all, this has the look of an extremely small number of people making a lot of noise. At least one prominent member of this group has previous form as an energetic self-publicist with a loose relationship with the truth.

    It will be interesting to see how large the group of activists they can muster actually is. It looks to me like a very small, very nasty group of people are trying to intimidate the Church. And as we know, intimidation, as Fr. Z likes to say, is the tool of the Enemy.

  3. Yet more on Kevin Annett:

    The man is, without doubt, a con artist.

  4. What a load of tosh! I'm trembling in my shoes at the thought of what might happen if the Church fails to comply. Not! I think this guy is suffering from delusions of grandeur.