January 18 2006, category: Misc, by: Adam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court allowed
Holocaust survivors on Tuesday to proceed with a lawsuit
claiming that the Vatican Bank and a Franciscan religious order
profited from property stolen by Croatia’s pro-Nazi World War
Two government.

The justices declined to review a ruling by a U.S. appeals
court that reinstated the suit, which claimed the Order of
Friars Minor conspired with the Vatican Bank to facilitate the
transfer of gold and other looted valuable assets.

The Holocaust survivors filed the lawsuit in federal court
in San Francisco in 1999 accusing the defendants of receiving
property stolen from victims of Croatia’s brutal Ustasha regime
from 1941 to 1945. As many as 700,000 people, mostly Serbs,
were killed at death camps run by the regime.

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Religious Abuse?


The Catholic Church today is mired in scandal, including shady financial dealings, pedophilia, and nuns who have been raped or have had abortions.
Clergymen who commit pedophilia are often merely transferred or reprimanded by their superiors, who often cover up the crimes to spare the Church public humiliation and the need to pay large financial damages to the victims.