The grossly sensationalist report by Patsy McGarry, the Religious Affairs Correspondent of The Irish Times begins:
‘Two German lawyers have initiated charges against Pope Benedict XVI at the International Criminal Court, alleging crimes against humanity.
Christian Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel, based at Marktheidenfeld in the Pope’s home state of Bavaria, last week submitted a 16,500-word document to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the Hague, Dr Luis Moreno Ocampo.’
What Patsy McGarry doesn’t report is that Christian Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel are two lawyers who belong to the “Universal Life” sect, ‘a religious group that follows the teachings of self-proclaimed prophet Gabriele Wittek, who claims to receive messages directly from Jesus Christ.’
In 2000 Christian Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel asked the German Ministry for Families to classify the Bible as inappropriate literature for children. The application was rejected by Minister Christine Bergmann.
But Patsy McGarry, the Religious Affairs Correspondent of the Irish Times doesn’t think her readers need to know these facts most probably because they immediately discredit the narrative she wants to promote – that Pope Benedict has been charged with crimes against humanity.
Instead she regurgitates the crank accusations made by cult followers of self-proclaimed prophet Gabriele Wittek.
Looks like the joke is on Patsy McGarry and the Irish Times for being fooled by such rubbish and treating it as a serious news story.