An Open Letter to Barack Obama: If you love America and its children, Do not go to Rome
by Rev. Kevin D. Annett, M.A., M.Div. – Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2013 and 2014
March 24, 2014
Dear Mr. President,
Like you, I am the father of two daughters, and so no-one has to convince me that you love Malia and Sasha without condition, and would die to protect them from anyone and any power that would harm them. That love for our children is born in us because the sanctity of every child is a divine condition that is higher than any law on earth, or any authority, as Jesus himself reminded us.
And so as a fellow parent, I am deeply troubled by your decision to visit the Vatican onMarch 27 and parlay with an institution that is engaged not only in the systematic torture and trafficking of children, but by its aiding and concealment of that crime is actively subverting the sovereignty and the laws of the United States of America.
Since you have taken a public oath under God to protect the people of America and their Constitution from all foreign enemies, and to not give comfort to such enemies, it escapes me how your discussions with Pope Francis can do anything but legitimate, and thereby aid and abet, a power that meets some of the requirements of a terrorist organization under American domestic security laws.
Please understand that this is not a question of religion, but of the law. No organization or official that traffics in children, or that protects those who do, is above prosecution. And many Catholics are appalled at the still-binding canon law known as Crimen Sollicitatonas, which requires that all Catholic clergy assist child rapists in their church by concealing that crime, silencing their little victims, and actively obstructing justice by not disclosing anything to the police. For all of his talk of reform, the present Pope, Jorge Bergoglio, has not only refused to rescind this murderous law, but has in fact entrenched it: a clear crime under international law and a sure indication of a massive criminal conspiracy.
Since I trust in the efficiency of the CIA, Mr. President, I am sure they have briefed you on the growing evidence linking Pope Francis with the disappearance and trafficking of children of political prisoners in Argentina during that country’s Dirty Wars. The Pope has in fact been summoned to appear before a Common Law court in Brussels to answer these charges, just a few days after he meets with you.
I will not presume to begin to appreciate the enormous burdens of your office, and the pressures and influences you face and must contend with. One of your fellow Illinoisans, Abraham Lincoln, once remarked that it was only through prayer and divine guidance that his mortal frame was capable of enduring the crushing weight brought by the deaths of so many Americans in the civil war. But Mr. President, many young Americans are still dying, except they have no arms with which to defend themselves against the church-sponsored terrorists who violate them and ruin their lives, and reduce them to an inner, lifelong slavery no less odious than the quite legal and institutionalized bondage that held your own people.
Abraham Lincoln was once asked by a group of Baptist clergymen about his belief in God. He answered them,
“For me, gentlemen, my religion is that when I do good I feel good; when I do wrong I feel wrong.”
Mr. President, I ask you to think of your children, and of all children, and to ask yourself whether you feel good at what the Vatican has done and is doing by its policy of facilitating massive child rape in America and around the world; by its direct role in the deaths of untold numbers of children in Catholic orphanages, schools and sweatshops; and by its open defiance of America’s criminal and child protection laws that you are sworn to uphold and defend as you would your own children.
In 1846, Henry Thoreau, who helped salvage the soul of America, wrote these immortal words from the Massachusetts prison he occupied for refusing to fund an unjust war:
“Knowledge of what is right can no more be severed from consequential action than a living man can halt his own breath.”
Mr. President, you know what is right and what is wrong: no church or pope had to teach it to you. And it is wrong for America to fund a criminal body like the Vatican, as well as being quite illegal under International Law and especially the Nuremberg Statutes, which make all rulers accountable for their actions under the law.
As the President, sir, you are not empowered to compel your fellow Americans to aid and abet criminal regimes that maim and destroy innocent children. And yet existing “financial concordat” agreements between America and the Vatican use taxpayers’ money to do precisely that. And your actions in having a cordial visit with the chief executive officer of that openly criminal regime in Vatican City will reduce what you know is right to a sham and a lie, and will broadcast to the world that institutionalized child rape and trafficking is acceptable in the sight of America.
It is a time of war, once again. Sabres are being rattled in the Ukraine, and perhaps it is politically expedient for you to visit Pope Francis now and win another ally in this latest cold war with Russia. But if it does not profit any man to gain the entire world by prostituting his immortal soul, Mr. President, would you do so for a momentary political alliance?
Barack, the lives of countless children unborn are in your hands at this very moment. Do not treat with those who will destroy them. Do not go to Rome. Send a message that will reverberate like a Second Emancipation Proclamation to every terrorized child and family, and proclaim to the Vatican that the age of church-sponsored murder of the innocent is finally over.
In closing, Mr. President, let me offer you my prayers, to you and your wife and daughters, as well as this remembrance of a less momentous but equally difficult decision I had to make once about who and what I would serve as a moral man. Perhaps it will help you.
In 1994, as a serving clergyman of the United Church of Canada, I was asked to cooperate in the concealment of the torture, rape and slaughter of thousands of aboriginal children in the Indian “schools” run by my employer as well as the Catholics and the Anglicans. I said no, and as a result I lost my own family, my job, and my livelihood. But from my action and its terrible personal pain, we all won a moral victory that has saved the lives of many children since then, as the truth of that Canadian genocide has now allowed a new generation to begin recovering from yet another Vatican-sponsored crime against humanity.
Doing the right thing with regards to the Vatican may cost you your much, Mr. President, but it would secure life and liberty and happiness for legions of the innocents who would forever praise your name and the name of an America that stood on the right side of humanity. Who could ever ask for a greater opportunity to win such a victory for right, simply by acting on what he knows is right?
Trust God, Mr. President, and put not your faith in fellow princes or in their lies. May the blessings of Christ be on all of us now, and on our children, who look to you.