Do you know which are the most dangerous cities in the world? Have you ever tried to know about the most crime-prone cities all over the world? Let me reveal the answer to this today. It is the “Vatican City”! Yes, you heard it right.
The city filled with the pureness of Christianity, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. The home to the Pope of Christianity and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Its Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures such as the famed “Laocoön and His Sons” as well as Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling. This famous city shockingly is the most crime-prone city in the world.
It is indeed shocking, isn’t it? Vatican City may have fewer than 1,000 citizens and spans only 110 acres, but it also has a multi million-dollar budget and an unbelievably complex history.
Understanding how it all works requires parsing through centuries of religious texts. Is the Vatican confusing and mysterious? Is the pope Catholic? All that you have known since all these years about the Vatican City will go into vain when a reader go on reading further.
Despite the fact that some do not believe in this rule, media follows a golden rule of not being biased to a single community or a religion. Each day we can see the media exposing Hindu priests and Sadhus under scams and fraud cases. Well, some have been proved to be culprits while the others are just pulled into false cases. But let me tell you Catholic priests are more prone to get involved into crimes and illegal activities. Hard to digest but the mainstream media lacks the guts to broadcast this to the common men.
Child sex abuse Cases on Vatican church priests…
The sexual abuse of children was rarely discussed in public before the 1970s, and it was not until the 1980s that the first cases of molestation by priests came to light, in the US and Canada. In the 1990s, revelations began of widespread abuse in Ireland. In the new century, more cases of abuse were revealed in more than a dozen countries.
Cases of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, nuns and members of religious orders and subsequent cover-ups in the 20th and 21st centuries have led to numerous allegations, investigations, trials and convictions. The abused include boys and girls, some as young as 3 years old, with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14.
The accusations began to receive isolated, sporadic publicity in the late 1980s. Many of these involved cases in which a figure was accused of abuse for decades; such allegations were frequently made by adults or older youths years after the abuse occurred. Cases have also been brought against members of the Catholic hierarchy who covered up sex abuse allegations and moved abusive priests to other parishes where the abuse continued.
By the 1990s, the cases began to receive significant media and public attention in some countries, especially in Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United States and were widespread by the 2000’s.
A recent news regarding this was on June, 2017. Cardinal George Pell, the third most senior official at the Vatican, was charged with multiple “historical” sexual assaults in his native Australia. Pell became involved in the wider scandal when he testified to an Australian commission on clerical child abuse. Speaking via video-link from Rome, he expressed regret for not having done more to protect victims of abuse. As archbishop of Sydney, Pell himself had been accused in 2002 of sexual misconduct involving an incident with a minor at a summer camp in 1961.
With 1.5 crimes per citizen, Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world. It’s not that the Cardinals are donning masks and repeatedly robbing the bank, it’s just that the massive crowds of tourists make Vatican City a pickpocket’s paradise. The situation is complicated by the fact that the Vatican has no working prison and only one judge.
So most criminals are simply marched across the border into Italy, as part of a pact between the two countries. (The Vatican’s legal code is based on Italy’s, with some modifications regarding abortion and divorce.) Crimes that the Vatican sees fit to try itself mainly shoplifting in its duty-free stores are usually punished by temporarily revoking the troublemaker’s access to those areas. In 2007, the Vatican issued its first drug conviction after an employee was found with a few ounces of cocaine in his desk.
There are many such dark secrets hidden behind the purity of the Vatican City. The mainstream is not gonna highlight all these aspects to you or they would not be allowed to do so. Moreover, the city has a strong control over what should broadcasted in its television as well. Vatican consists of the world’s largest library which hides a number of dark truths within it. But none of them are allowed to read or touch these books. If we get the excess of these books, the world can know what’s actually happening behind the purity of Vatican’s holy city. You may go through the websites mentioned below to know more.
Church priests accused in India…
In 2002, Mathew N. Schmalz noted that Catholic Church sexual abuse cases in India are generally not spoken about openly, stating “you would have gossip and rumors, but it never reaches the level of formal charges or controversies.”
In 2014, Raju Kokkan, the vicar of the Saint Paul’s Church in Thaikkattussery, Thrissur, Kerala, was arrested on charges of raping a nine-year-old girl. According to Kerala Police, Kokkan had raped the child on several different occasions, including at least thrice in his office during the month of April. Kokkan promised to gift the child expensive vestments for her Holy Communion ceremony before sexually assaulting her. The abuse was revealed after the victim informed her parents that she had been raped by Kokkan on 25 April 2014. Between February and April 2014, three other Catholic priests were arrested in the state of Kerala on charges of raping minors.
In 2016, the Catholic Church reappointed a convicted and jailed priest in the Ootacamund Diocese in Tamil Nadu, with little regard for victims’ rights and children’s safety. In 2017, Father Robin or Mathew Vadakkancheril of St Sebastian church in Kannur was arrested in Kochi on the charge of sexually abusing a minor girl who later gave birth to a child.