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A (Former) Little Child Shall Lead ThemBill Annett Salem-News.com
John Deegan and his group are something else. They're walking the walk.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FLA) - John Deegan of Dublin was abused as a child. Today, he's in the vanguard of a courageous group in Ireland who are showing the way for all of us. For months, John has headed a group who have succeeded in holding meetings with Dermot McDiarmid, the Archbishop in Dublin and second Catholic poo-bah in Ireland after Cardinal John Brady. Yesterday, John Deegan sent the following email to Gerry O'Donovan in Cork and Kevin Annett near The Hague in the Netherlands:
Meanwhile, here on Turtle Island, we do a lot of writing and talking about the churches and states that continue their living history of crimes against humanity. The UN's Special Rapporteur, earnest academic groups, native organizations, indeed even the churches themselves, latterly striving for headlines, repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery and extending other "outreach," and in Canada, a government with a $68 million fanfare and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission is succeeding in burying the whole mess under the Parliamentary broadloom.
John Deegan and his group are something else. They're walking the walk.
Whenever I think of John and the Pro Cathedral in Dublin, I can't help picturing one of the final scenes in "Saving Private Ryan," where Tom Hanks, playing the Captain who accomplished that title, sprawls terminally wounded on his back and empties his .45 automatic into the guts of the German Tiger tank about to crush him.
In case you tuned in late, here's the Banishment Order that was laid on the altar by John Deegan on September 16, and hopefully delivered to many other churches and cathedrals in seven countries. It followed one day after the Proclamation announcing the convening of the International Common Law Court of Justice, issued by the ITCCS in Brussels, Belgium.
PUBLIC PROCLAMATION OF BANISHMENT
Whenever any power becomes a destructive and uncontrollable force in our communities and endangers the lives and well being of our children, it is the inherent, lawful and customary right of the People to expel that power from their midst, especially when constituted authority refuses to do so.
The Roman Catholic Church as a whole has become such a destructive force, causing centuries of suffering, plundering, genocide, warfare and death, maintaining a regime of institutionalized terror against children, protecting child rapists and murderers in its ranks, and holding itself unaccountable for its crimes. This criminal regime compels its own clergy to obstruct justice by protecting child rapists among them, from a law promulgated by the Pope himself and by the Vatican.
Since it is we the People who have through our taxes and tax exemption laws allowed such a church to operate among us and even profit off its exploitation and torture of our children, we the People have the legitimate right and duty to annul such tax exemptions and legal privileges now enjoyed by the Roman Catholic Church.
By the same measure, since the Roman Catholic Church is a publicly funded institution, we the People have the right to freely enter any such Church to ensure that children are not being harmed, that evidence of wrongdoing is not being concealed, and that child abusers are not operating under church protection. And ultimately, we the People have the right to prevent the same Church from operating in our community by banishing it outright when it proves resistant to change.
Therefore, firm in this knowledge and our right, as well as our sacred duty to defend all children, we the People make the following Public Proclamation:
The Roman Catholic Church Incorporated, and all of its dioceses, parishes and agencies, are henceforth as of this date and forever declared to be banished and denied the right to operate in our communities.
Individual Roman Catholic congregations are exempt from this Banishment if they agree to abide by the ten terms set forth below.
The Church as a whole or individual congregations will be allowed the right to resume operations in our communities only when it agrees to and implements the following measures:
1. The Pope and College of Cardinals, and all of their Bishops and other authorities, must annul the Canon Law doctrine known as Crimen Solicitationas and all other rules and policies that give aid and protection to anyone who harms children.
2. The same Church authorities must immediately defrock and deny any compensation to any and all of its clergy who have harmed children or who in the future do harm to children, and to anyone who protects such abusers.
3. The Church must issue full reparations to survivors of harm done by church employees or clergy, according to the wishes of those survivors.
4. The Church must unconditionally surrender for a proper burial the remains of all those children and others who died in church facilities.
5. The Church must unconditionally return all land and wealth taken from those incarcerated in their facilities, and all wealth generated by their exploitation as low paid or unpaid laborers.
6. The Church must unconditionally surrender all the evidence and the perpetrators of crimes done by the Church against children, indigenous people and others.
7. The Church must agree to the public licensing of all of its clergy, Bishops and employees as accountable and supervised public servants who take a binding, Public Oath to unconditionally defend the rights and sanctity of all children and expose anyone who harms children, even if this Oath contradicts Church customs and policies.
8. The Church must agree to withdraw from all tax exemptions, financial concordats, legal or diplomatic immunity, and all other privileges granted to it by governments.
9. The Church must annul the status of the Vatican as a state and abolish Rome’s authority over its congregations.
10. The Church must redistribute its wealth and the resources of the Vatican Bank to church victims and the community, as Christ himself commands.
If the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops and Clergy of the Roman Catholic Church publicly agree to these Ten Requirements of Humanity and the Law, the Public Banishment of the Church will be suspended, and it will be allowed to legally and morally operate in our communities.
However, if these authorities refuse to implement these measures, all church buildings, assets and properties of the Roman Catholic Church Incorporated and its dioceses and parishes will continue as of this date to be under Public Ownership and Control, and will be freely occupied and used by the community for its benefit. Any officials or clergy of the Church found on these Public Premises after this date will be considered to be illegally trespassing, and may face immediate Citizens' Arrest.
We call upon all members of the Roman Catholic Church and all of its clergy to stand now with humanity and justice, and abide by this Proclamation in order to forge a new consensus and faith that unconditionally upholds the sanctity and well being of all children and all people.
As of today, under the authority of this Proclamation, all members of our communities, and especially our homeless and poorest members, are invited and encouraged to permanently occupy and reclaim Roman Catholic churches everywhere, which are now and forever proclaimed to be Open, Public Space.
Issued Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 12 noon Greenwich Mean Time.
Filed and Entered as a Sworn Document by Kevin D. Annett - Eagle Strong Voice in the Docket of the International Human Rights Court of Justice, Brussels
Bill Annett grew up a writing brat; his father, Ross Annett, at a time when Scott Fitzgerald and P.G. Wodehouse were regular contributors, wrote the longest series of short stories in the Saturday Evening Post's history, with the sole exception of the unsinkable Tugboat Annie.
At 18, Bill's first short story was included in the anthology “Canadian Short Stories.” Alarmed, his father enrolled Bill in law school in Manitoba to ensure his going straight. For a time, it worked, although Bill did an arabesque into an English major, followed, logically, by corporation finance, investment banking and business administration at NYU and the Wharton School. He added G.I. education in the Army's CID at Fort Dix, New Jersey during the Korean altercation.
He also contributed to The American Banker and Venture in New York, INC. in Boston, the International Mining Journal in London, Hong Kong Business, Financial Times and Financial Post in Toronto.
Bill has written six books, including a page-turner on mutual funds, a send-up on the securities industry, three corporate histories and a novel, the latter no doubt inspired by his current occupation in Daytona Beach as a law-abiding beach comber.
You can write to Bill Annett at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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