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September 13th, 2011
07:22 AM ET

Sex abuse victims ask International Criminal Court to prosecute pope

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - Victims of abuse by Catholic priests asked the International Criminal Court to charge Pope Benedict XVI and other top Vatican officials with crimes against humanity, a victims' group announced Tuesday.

The pope and other church leaders "tolerate and enable the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world," the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and the Center for Constitutional Rights said in a joint statement.

They filed more than 20,000 pages of documents with the international court in the Netherlands to support their charges, they said.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNN he was aware of the filing but had no comment.

The International Criminal Court did not immediately respond to a CNN question about whether it believed it had jurisdiction to prosecute the pope.

But Barbara Dorris, the president of SNAP, said it was the natural venue for the case.

"We are convinced this is the proper jurisdiction," she told CNN. "Who else can investigate violent crimes of a global magnitude? The ICC was created to deal with widespread systematic violent crimes against humanity."

The executive director of the International Bar Association, on the other hand, said it was unlikely the international court would find there was evidence of crimes against humanity.

"This requires a government policy, a plan, a widespread and systematic attack against a civilian population," Mark Ellis said.

"Not to suggest that victims were not harmed, but to meet the level of crimes against humanity you really have to show that there is a policy or a plan to initiate this," he said.

People can be held responsible for crimes if they knew - or should have known - they were occurring, Ellis said.

But the blind eye victims accuse the Catholic Church of turning to abuse of children by priests does not rise to the level of crimes against humanity, he suggested.

"They are crimes and they are serious, but within the jurisdiction of the ICC you have to be very specific. I don't see that you would be able to tick the boxes necessary" to bring a prosecution, he predicted.

That the defendant is the pope - along with three senior cardinals - also raises "jurisdictional hurdles," he said.

But simply filing the request will force the prosecutor to look at the case, Ellis said.

It "might be beneficial to the plaintiffs to force the court to respond," he said, saying the filing was more than just a publicity stunt.

"It raises the profile of these issues," he said.

In addition to the pope, SNAP and the CCF want prosecutions of Cardinal William Levada, the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith; Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State; and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of the College of Cardinals.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Sex abuse • Vatican

soundoff (1,157 Responses)
  1. Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

    Shouldn't the parents who allowed the children to come under the influence of the perverts be held responsible for their blind faith to their religion ? THEY are responsible for their children.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Skep

      It's hard to prosecute a gullible person for being so dumb as to believe what a liar told them. Usually their misplaced trust is seen as simple-mindedness. Not necessarily a crime. They trusted their religion, the church, the priests, and everyone around them agreed with them. There was no criminal intent in such cases.
      The problem with gullible people is that they can be very sincere when they believe a lie and pass it on. It's a vicious cycle.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • claybigsby

      shouldnt the people who invested their money with Bernie Madoff be responsible for their blind faith in a person? Their money is their responsibility.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Fluffy

      Your name reminded me of Harvey the Killer Rabbit.

      Probably before your time, but well worth Googling!

      September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  2. Andy

    This thread is a joke , according to the latest FBI reports. 23 percent of all child abuse occurs in social services, 27 percent occurs in public schools and 29 percent by other family members, less than .001 percent from clergy. So the where are the screams to prosecute the real culprits. This is just a feeding frenzy for those who are devoid of the real facts. Lets forget the real criminals and rant about 400 odd priests. Pathetic when tens of thousands abusers are in social, services and getting away with it every day.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • duh

      Dude it might help if you actually looked up the information even wiki says its around 4300 + priests.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Actually

      It's up to something like 5600 priest.

      http://www.bishop-accountability.org/db_overview.htm

      If you want a list of names and places.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Andy

      Wiki? Wiki? Really are you that naive

      September 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Andy

      http://www.bishop-accountability.org/ database is based solely on allegations. As is states clearly, not on convictions

      September 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • jerryherb

      Jew lawyers always go for the deepest pockets, and Vatican's are bottomless!

      September 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Brian

      Wow....wiki? really...that is our source now. I wish we could unplug the internet for a year and have people actually do some research. Not that this is incorrect but geez. We are mindless drones and the internet is to blame....no it really isn't...stupid is as stupid does. Lazy people sitting at the computer are to blame. I blog something and someone else links it as fact...never check, never ask...if it fits your agenda use it...that is the trend. Here is a suggestion to all of you know it alls....don't link link a blog, wiki or anyone else that has an agenda....you will be better off for avoiding this trash. Do your own research and actually talk to the people involved. If you can't do that don't post. Clicking a keyboard is easy but not always the right thing to do. Take responsibility for yourselves first and foremost....the world will be a better place because of your action.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Actually

      So Andy if your sons teacher was brought up on allegations of child sex abuse would you still want them in the school system teaching everyday till the court trial? Would the school system allow it? NO!

      September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • ohplz

      "We are mindless drones and the internet is to blame....no it really isn't...stupid is as stupid does. Lazy people sitting at the computer are to blame."

      No it's been throughout human history people jump to conclusions all the time without doing research or picking up a history book it has nothing to do with the internet. Just be careful to read a variety of sources because bias and prejudice is rampant in the christian world.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Andy

      Actually.... I'm not condoning these predatory priest, but there are over 284,000 priests and this thread is just full of loonies ranting about a tiny percentage when thousands of children in the social services are being abused everyday and no one says anything. anyone abusing children should be punished

      September 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Tim

      "when thousands of children in the social services are being abused everyday and no one says anything. anyone abusing children should be punished"

      They can't by law, in order to protect the privacy of the child many times the adults are kept from being exposed too. It's a dark secret about our society.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Brian

      ohplz...

      Don't bring Christian bias into this. This is the problem....bias and prejudice are not a religious issue....in fact the religion teaches against this. People have this bias and it is a world wide issue....not North American, European, etc. You can do a deep dive into all societies and find bias and prejudice.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • ohplz

      "Don't bring Christian bias into this."

      LMAO Oh...you mean the catholic church isn't christian? LOL! Read the article moron.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Brian

      ohplz.....the educational level on these boards has to be very low. LYAO? Why? I wasn't responding to the article in my second response but to your comment that bias and prejudice are rampant in the Christian circles. You made it sound as if Chiristians are the only ones with this problem and my response was this is not true. It is a problem that affects all groups, organizations, countries, etc, etc. You give me an organization and I will show you bias....to something. It might not be destructive but it is there. Bias is everywhere. Do you not agree? Prejudice is everywhere....do you not agree? All races have prejudices....alll colors have prejudices. Power may be disproportianate but the bias and prejudice is there...regardless. Wow...more than I wanted to write. I hope you are still LYAO....why don't you call your BFF and have a really good LMAO session.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Keith Long

      The fallacy in your statistics is that when the crimes are covered up by the church, therefore not prosecuted, do not show up in your statistics.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Fred1

      The number 4,392 comes from the 2004 John Jay Report commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Which was based on surveys completed by the Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States between 1950 and 2002. The number is only for the united states and leaves out the rest of the world including Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia, all of which have a significant popuoation of priestly child m0le$ters. The number leaves out every thing after 2002 when a very significant number of abuses came to light. And it is BASED ON NUMBERS PROVIDED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH which is not noted for it's honest and forth right approach to the subject. Considering all the above, the number 4,392 must be substantialy less than the minimum possible number exclusivly for the United States for a period of time before the major scandal started

      September 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Patrick OMalley

      All Catholic lies.

      Prove it. Show real statistics. Show a legit online source.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  3. kieran

    As a former Catholic I wholeheartedly support this move. For too long the Church has been in denial on this issue and makes me wonder that when this happens on the bottom level how far up does it happen. They have no clue as to why their followers are leaving their churches in the masses.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Brian

      Let me get this straight.....you left your faith because of this? Your faith is not tied to a person or thing...you are to have a personal relationship with Jesus as the Bible says. This sounds like your excuse for denying your faith....and that is sad.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  4. jerryherb

    to victims: settle and STFU. you forget that there is a billion of devout fanatics behind the Vatican who will stand up like Cortez to the Aztecs when their believes are questions. Hague will not even consider this, and will laugh at you. good luck!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • William Demuth

      To Victims

      Seek justice with a molotov or two tossed on any given Sunday!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  5. hippypoet

    the pope, a nazi first, then a child-touchin perv, then pope... then he starts from the begining again, minus hitler and move straight to child-touchin perv while pope... and all the while hiding and or moving to a "new" location the other child-touchin pervs under his command...A.K.A. UNDER HIS CLOAK, you know – confession!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • jerryherb

      hey did you know that Adolf was a Jew?

      September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • rawr

      Adolf was a Christian.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • jerryherb

      @rawr: christian on paper. that is why he murdered his entire family so the truth wouldnt come out. his grandmother was a jew, which makes him a jew, doesnt matter what he decided to be later in life...

      September 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • jerryherb

      marx and trotsky were also Jews.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Kat

      Where do you get your information that the Pope is a "child-touching perv?" I have heard no other allegations besides those suggesting that he was indifferent or possibly even obstructionist. I have never heard the suggestion that he abused children directly himself.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • jerryherb

      why dont we sue the jews for crimes against humanity? that would be something!

      September 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • claybigsby

      ethnicity and nationality have nothing to do with religion. I know ethnic jews that laugh at Judaism as a religion. Your point is moot.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Brian

      rawr.....Stalin was a Communist and non believer as was Mao. What is your point? Saying you are religious does not make it so....faith is shown by your works. Even if you don't believe in God having people amongst who do is not a bad thing....if they are showing their faith by works. Anyway....enough on this.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  6. ameadus

    its a mental illness. you would be suprised how common it is. there are degrees of the illness. in ancient times it was not as taboo. in fact the greeks were widely known of their acceptance with the behavior. but then again it was common fact when a girl has her first period she was considered a woman then. some people are just hard wired with the attraction. there must be more studies on why the brain of pedophiles are wired that way and a drug to suppress the urges. i cant imagine the stress and guilt these people have. some i agree cant be helped. the violent ones who kidnap and kill and the ones raping toddlers and younger. unless you have the illness you can never know the turmoil and shame you feel.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • rawr

      Then by definition it isn't a mental illness. It is just attraction.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  7. sadik

    Those who want to prosecute the Pope doesn't believe in God. Why not prosecute yourselves for savoring violence and your brother muslim extremist.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • duh

      send money to the ground zero mosque

      September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • a

      The pope needs to follow the Bible. According to Matthew 23:9 NIV "And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have on Father, and h is in heaven." So why are popes and priests addressed as father? I hope (but don't realistically expect) the pope is brought to trial.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  8. William Demuth

    Skep

    Peter is an apologist. He is so brainwashed Ratzi could bugger him, and he would think it a blessing.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lol, nice one!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Skep

      Yes. Peter / gerald / Terry / and the names go on.
      To have more than one apologist haunting this blog is too unlikely, but not impossible. Gerald has been here a loooong time.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  9. Coach Bobby Finstock

    How has there been no resolve to this persistant ordeal? If this were a business the Pope essentially be the CEO. He needs to take actions that an executive officer would. Stop making excuses by putting these pedophiles in "rehab", and start EXCOMMUNICATING THEM.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Samuel

      Excommunication is a limp-wristed response and does basically nothing worth mentioning.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Coach Bobby Finstock

      Thats fine, as long as he ALSO turns them over to prosecutors for human judgement

      September 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Steve

      I've long said that the Pope should be prosecuted under the RICO statute - it's an organization that has gone corrupt.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Coach Bobby Finstock

      That post was after I had already mentally castrated those guilty in the clergy. But yes, they should all go down both in the church, and be forced to go down on men in prison for the rest of their lives

      September 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Me

      It is a business. Don't be fooled.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  10. zz

    It's about time. what goes around comes around.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  11. Mayan Secrets Keeper

    COOL! 🙂 IT'S ABOUT TIME PEOPLE!!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Skep

      Today is a day of celebration! I will pee on a picture of the Pope in celebration!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Brian

      Skep....you sound like you were abused and have some brain damage. Do us all a favor and turn your computer off please.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lets all do what the chick from the "cranberries" did and burn the picture of the pope, then have skep pee on it, only so we can burn it again... prolong the fun as long as possible!!!!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Skep

      Brian, pray you never meet me in a dark alley....

      September 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Brian

      Skep....I just pray that you can tie your shoes....after reading some of your "ideas" I doubt that is possible. Oh, an I love the dark alley reference....why not a lit up alley or your back yard....or some other non descript location? Get a life.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  12. Keith Long

    Not only should the pedophile priests be prosecuted for the common criminals they are but so should the bishops who covered for them and moved them from parish to parish to continue to commit their crimes. Covering up those crimes makes them just as guilty as the pedophile priests.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Brian

      You prosecute the people who did this but don't tie this to religion and propose to prosecute the Pope....which is what this is about 100%. I am not Catholic but this type of grandstanding is what turns people off to this cause....or any cause for that matter. I smell a liberal power play. They find something that they are against, religion, and try to bring it into a court. What a bunch of goof balls.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Geekalot

      I am not one of those people who wishes to paint all Catholic priests with the same brush. I recognise that there are many good-hearted, decent men who are priests (even though I personally think their faith in the invisible BibleGod is misguided).

      But in my opinion, those men who knew about these crimes and moved the pedophile priests around to cover up their transgressions are WORSE than those who hurt the children. People who do those acts to children are sick in the head. People who are willing to protect them to save face for the Church are reprehensible beyond words.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Geekalot

      @ Brian–While I agree that this ploy is probably just that, a ploy intended to shed light on this situation...and I agree that at some people involved it it are anti religion...to say that it is a liberal plot is not founded. Besides, there are plenty of politically conservative freethinking atheists in the world. To suggest that all atheists are liberal or all liberals are atheists is absurd.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  13. EyeRoller

    I'm just waiting for someone to bring out the large scales so we can weigh the pope against a duck to see if he's a witch...

    September 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Brian

      Idiotic response.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Skep

      lol

      September 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Rae Ann Pointer

      Exactly.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  14. Mark

    What I don't understand is why churches are tax free? Why do pedophiles get a tax break?

    September 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Samuel

      Good question.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Reality

      The same reason the Boy Scouts of America get a tax break. You cannot pe-nalize an organization for the sins of a few of said organization.

      http://www.ocregister.com/news/ordered-245722-abuse-oregon.html

      "A jury in Oregon ordered the Boy Scouts of America to pay $18.5 million to a former Scout who suffered s-exual abuse as a child at the hands of his troop leader — the largest such award levied against the organization, reports The Oregonian.

      Attorneys for 38-year-old Kerry Lewis said the verdict exposed the organization’s “dark history with ped-ophiles and its unwillingness to come to terms with the problem.” They waved “per-version files“ around the courtroom – secret files kept by the Scouts doc-umenting claims of se-xual abuse by troop leaders and volunteers over a 70 year-period."

      September 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Skep

      Why are any churches tax-free? They want religious freedom yet are strangely given a free pass on paying taxes.
      This special consideration is in violation of the First Amendment and should be abolished.
      Then maybe our economy would get better faster.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Brian

      So...should all organizations pay taxes or just the ones you don't understand?

      September 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Brian

      Skep...you can't be this dumb. Do you realize how much religious organizations give? Do you know who makes up a religious organization? Citizens...my friend. People who have ALREADY paid taxes on their income....who then give to an organization who in turn donates those resouces to the community.
      It is people like you that do not put much thought into your comments that drag this country down into the abyss. Think about this for a minute. Think about all of the jobs that are created to support church organizations....churches use and pay for water, electricity, building supplies, general use items, gas, automobiles, etc, etc....take that out of the economy and see how it affects things....if you tax these organizations that will reduce their spending....but wait, maybe that is your game...give more to the government vs. small businesses....sounds like socialism to me. Socialism and Communism work until you run out of other peoples money.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Skep

      Somebody sounds real desperate to not have churches pay taxes. How pathetic.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  15. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    Why did today's pope, prelates, preachers and rabbis, so focused on society's se-xual sins, lose sight of clerical se-xual sins?
    "
    FEAR, SHAME and GUILT and COVER IT ALL UP!!!

    Obviously ordination in any religion is not assurance of good behavior !!!!!

    Neither is coronation!!! e.g. Henry VIII, King David.

    Neither is marriage as 50% of those men convicted of pedophilia are married.

    Neither is being elected president of the USA!! e.g. Billy "I did not have se-x with that girl" Clinton, John "Marilyn Monroe" Kennedy"

    Neither is possessing super athletic skill!!! e.g. Tiger "I am so sorry for getting caught" Woods.

    Neither is being an atheist or pagan since pedophilia is present in all walks of life.

    If someone is guilty of a crime in this litany of "neithers" they should or should have been penalized as the law dictates to include jail terms for pedophiliacs (priests, rabbis, evangelicals, boy scout leaders, married men/women), divorce for adultery (Clinton, Kennedy, Woods), jail terms for obstruction of justice (Clinton, Cardinal Law, B16?) and the death penalty or life in prison for murder ("Kings David and Henry VIII).

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________

    September 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Mr.Myxlptlxk

      THANK YOU, JOHN!! (Yeah,it's me...)

      September 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  16. Rachel

    This was a really boring article.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  17. Really?

    I would put that Great German Shepherd in a leash, and feed only water and bread in a wooden house outside the Vatican, so that he can bark all he wants. Since he loves penitence, he would be more than okay under those conditions.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Rae Ann Pointer

      You wouldn't happen to be Jewish would you? Living in a Jewish community, I can say I had never seen bigotry like the kind the Jews I meet have against Catholics and other Evangelicals. They even hate the pro Israel Christians more. Funny, many of them pride themselves on being so tolerant. They don't even know when they are being bigots – they will say something like, "those bigot hillbilly's really hate the Jews" and not even realized or maybe even care that they used the term "hillbilly".

      September 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  18. RayJacksonMS

    Oh and anyone that still attends this cult's meeting and gives them money is just as guilty as the pope and his child rapists.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  19. aticc

    This is another ridiculous story to bash the Catholic Church. If you simply go to the Vaticans website and look for the obvious link, you can more than likely find the link and read what the Vatican has done. This is not the popes fault, this is the priests fault for being sick and being a predator. Suing the Church out of existence is impossible by the way.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • RayJacksonMS

      The pope has been running an underground rail road to help these child rapists to escape from America and Ireland to Italy since his first day in office. He is just as guilty as they are.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • William Demuth

      You mena the child p0rn links?

      September 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Normon

      Don't you mean it's God's fault?

      September 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Rachel

      aticc, I hated your comment.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the new members of this blog:

      Why did today's pope, prelates, preachers and rabbis, so focused on society's se-xual sins, lose sight of clerical se-xual sins?
      "
      FEAR, SHAME and GUILT and COVER IT ALL UP!!!

      Obviously ordination in any religion is not assurance of good behavior !!!!!

      Neither is coronation!!! e.g. Henry VIII, King David.

      Neither is marriage as 50% of those men convicted of pedophilia are married. Is William Demuth married? If so, keep your kids away from him.

      Neither is being elected president of the USA!! e.g. Billy "I did not have se-x with that girl" Clinton, John "Marilyn Monroe" Kennedy"

      Neither is possessing super athletic skill!!! e.g. Tiger "I am so sorry for getting caught" Woods.

      Neither is being an atheist or pagan since pedophilia is present in all walks of life.

      If someone is guilty of a crime in this litany of "neithers" they should or should have been penalized as the law dictates to include jail terms for pedophiliacs (priests, rabbis, evangelicals, boy scout leaders, married men/women), divorce for adultery (Clinton, Kennedy, Woods), jail terms for obstruction of justice (Clinton, Cardinal Law, B16?) and the death penalty or life in prison for murder ("Kings David and Henry VIII).

      September 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Just Sayin

      Are you serious? Go to the Vatican's website and we'll find what they are doing? If they hide the facts that priests are molesting children and moving them from church to church, they aren't going to admit that they are doing this on their website. IT IS the Pope's fault for having knowledge of this and allowing them to still preach in other churches with access to children while not contacting authorities that this is happening. That makes him as guilty as the person committing the crime.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  20. R

    "We must not prosecute Pope. Its their country and it is Catholics who should decide fate of Pope. It is not that they killed some one. Pope protected some one who made "love", not made "hate" with kids". This is best argument I come up with. BELIEVE ME or DEVIL WILL BURN YOU FOR EVER :).

    September 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
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