News
Featured Image

COLOGNE, Germany (LifeSiteNews) —A German court has fined a Polish priest and his German publisher thousands of euros following their appeal of a previous verdict that they were guilty of “hate speech” against homosexuals.   

After today’s hearing in Cologne, Father Dariusz Oko was fined for hate speech and incitement to hatred for an article he published in German theological journal Theologisches in January of 2021. He was given a fine of €3,150 ($3,325 US). The second defendant, 91-year-old Fr. Johannes Stöhr, the editor-in-chief of the journal, will have to pay a fine of €4,000 ($4,222 US). The money will go to a charity.

But according to Polish news website Polonia Christiana, Oko and Stöhr have not been convicted of anything.

“Father Oko must pay restitution to a charity; the court dropped the prosecution. There is therefore no conviction because the prosecutors dropped the prosecution,” it reported.

Polonia Christiana wrote that the Polish priest was satisfied with today’s decision, saying it was “a draw.”

“As Fr. Oko says, it is a draw; the priest expressed regret in the courtroom for using words [in his controversial article] that were too strong. According to the priest, if the offer to pay a fine to a charity was not accepted, the court could ask for the article to be withdrawn in subsequent instances.”

According to regional Rhineland newspaper Neue Ruhr Zietung (NRZ), Oko stated, “I regret having used such strong wording. I will be careful in the future not to use such expressions that can hurt others. That was not my intention.”

NRZ reported the judge decided to drop the case “because the defendants had shown remorse and had no criminal record.” It added that Judge Schwartz and the attorneys “wrestled over the amount of the fine.”

The priests will have to pay the money to “Weisser Ring”, an association that helps victims of crime.

Oko’s article, entitled “On the need to curb homosexual cliques in the Church,” highlights cases of abuse by homosexual priests and bishops and detailed the mechanisms used by what he calls “homoclans” or a “homomafia” of predatory clerics to avoid accountability. 

In the 50-page article, Oko describes such clerics as “a colony of parasites” that “cares first of all for itself, and not for the hosts at whose expense it lives,” and also as a “homosexual plague” or a “cancer that is even ready to kill its host.” 

An initial ruling by the Cologne District Court in last July demanded that Fr. Oko pay a fine of 4,800 euros or serve 120 days in jail after the court decided  that Fr. Oko’s  article constituted “incitement to hatred” against homosexuals. 

Fr. Johannes Stöhr, the 91-year-old editor-in-chief ofTheologisches, was also charged. 

These legal proceedings were initiated following a complaint filed by Fr. Wolfgang Rothe, a dissident, scandal-plagued priest from the Archdiocese of Munich, who confirmed on social media that he accused Oko and celebrated the charges handed down by the Cologne court.  

Rothe was one of many German clerics who  participated  in a wave of illicit same-sex “blessing” ceremonies this spring. He formerly held the post of deputy rector at the St. Pölten seminary in Austria, which was shut down  in 2004 amid a massive child pornography and homosexual misconduct scandal. 

— Article continues below Petition —
PETITION: Stop Tedros' WHO Pandemic Treaty
  Show Petition Text
100159 have signed the petition.
Let's get to 125000!
Thank you for signing this petition!
Add your signature:
  Show Petition Text
Keep me updated via email on this petition and related issues.
Keep me updated via email on this petition and related issues.

The WHO Pandemic Treaty looks set to be one of the biggest power-grabs in living memory, with unelected globalists seeking the power to declare pandemics, and then control your country's response. 

But it's not too late to do something about it. 

SIGN and SHARE this special petition telling Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that the WHO will never usurp your nation's sovereignty.

The past two years have been rife with infringements on personal liberties and civil rights by national governments, but now the World Health Organization is seeking to appropriate those same abusive powers to itself at a global level. 

194 member states representing 99% of the world's population are expected to sign pandemic treaties with the WHO that would allow Tedros, or any future Director General, to dictate exactly how your nation would respond to a new disease outbreak which they consider a pandemic.

This attack on national sovereignty will come as no surprise to those who for years have listened to elites like Klaus Schwab and Bill Gates discussing their vision for the centralization of power into globalist organizations like the World Economic Forum (WEF), the WHO and the rest of the United Nations. 

SIGN this petition against the WHO's Pandemic Treaty, before it's too late.

Ludicrously, 20 world leaders calling for the treaty, including Tedros, Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron, compared the post-Covid world to the post-WWII period, saying similar co-operation is now needed to "dispel the temptations of isolationism and nationalism, and to address the challenges that could only be achieved together in the spirit of solidarity and co-operation - namely peace, prosperity, health and security."

Australian PM Scott Morrison is the latest leader to express support for a “pandemic treaty”.

The stated intention of the WHO is to “kickstart a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement or other international instrument under the Constitution of the World Health Organization to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.”

The wheels are already in motion, with the Biden administration officially proposing the initial steps towards handing global pandemic control to the WHO. 

Biden's representatives have submitted amendments to the WHO's International Health Regulations (IHR), which would give the Director General the right to declare health emergencies in any nation, even when disputed by the country in question.

These amendments, which would be legally binding under international law, will be voted on by the World Health Assembly (the governing body of the WHO) at a special convention running from May 22-28 and set the stage for a fully-fledged pandemic treaty to be passed. 

SIGN and SHARE the petition telling the WHO that you won't accept any pandemic treaty

The ball has been rolling since the last World Health Assembly meeting in December, where the United States launched negotiations "on a new international health instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response," a U.S. statement read. 

"This momentous step represents our collective responsibility to work together to advance health security and to make the global health system stronger and more responsive. 

"We look forward to broad and deep negotiations using a whole-of-society and whole-of-government approach that will strengthen the international legal framework for public health/pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response and enable us to address issues of equity, accountability, and multisectoral collaboration evident in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We know it will take all of us working together across governments, private sector, philanthropy, academia, and civil society to make rapid progress towards a long-term solution for these complex problems," the U.S. statement added.

SIGN the petition today to show the WHO that you won't accept this attack on national sovereignty.

These are precarious times in which freedom and self-determination must be defended from those who would ride rough-shod over your civil rights. 

We do not want to go back to global lockdowns, vaccine mandates and propoganda.

Sign the petition - speak up now!

For More Information:

Biden hands over American sovereignty with proposed WHO treaty - LifeSiteNews

Pandemic Treaty is a backdoor to global governance - LifeSiteNews

Dr. Robert Malone on the WHO's power-grab - LifeSiteNews

**Photo: YouTube Screenshot**

  Hide Petition Text

In an email obtained by LifeSiteNews this February, Oko provided highly incriminating photos of his accuser, including photos of Rothe kissing another male; Rothe blessing a lesbian couple inside a church; and a photo of Rothe at the “Deutsche Eiche” club in Munich, which Oko described as “a kind of gay brothel.” 

Oko cited the Second World War when responding to the initial ruling against him in a 2021 interview with TVP Info. He said that, despite this generation of German authorities,   he is “determined” to “save the seminarians from homocliques.” 

“The Germans are putting me in jail? My grandfather and grandmother saved Jews, risked their lives, despite the fact that the Germans forbade saving Jews,” he said. “I am similarly determined, despite the fact that the Germans forbid me, to save the seminarians from homocliques.” 

Oko described his publication as a “scientific article based on the enormous knowledge that comes to me from all over the world, from ordinary people, from the police, from the secret services.” 

“I collect known facts about homosexuals in cassocks and their habits. This ‘lavender mafia’ plays a similar role to the mafia in Sicily,” he said.  

Is the criticism of the criminal activity of the Sicilian mafia an incitement to hatred against all Sicilians? So how can an academic reflection on the challenge of a criminal network connected with homosexual practices in the Church be an incitement to hatred against all homosexuals?” Oko asked.  

According to Paweł Chmielewski, host of Polish Christian news website Polonia Chritiana (pch24.pl), the initial court ruling had no legal basis: Oko’s article very clearly separates homosexuals as such from members of the homosexual mafia within the Church, and only applies the derogatory terms to the latter category.  

Chmielewski argued that the ruling could be interpreted as an attempt by the German court to forbid criticism of sexual abusers and pedophiles and opined that the court did not read Oko’s article in its entirety. 

This opinion was also expressed by the German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He defended Oko back in August of 2021, shortly after his appeal. 

Either these judges have not read the essay, or they are incapable of judging it with scientific criteria, or they do not realize the criminal nature of certain acts committed by some individuals who live in the Church but hide themselves behind the shield of impunity afforded by their office,Müller said in an interview with Paweł Lisicki from Polish newspaper  Do Rzeczy. 

Müller also alluded to the 1939-1945 German occupation of Poland, saying that he was ashamed that in his home country “it is again possible that a Polish scholar could be convicted for incitement to hatred for publishing a factual report.”  

The German cardinal drew a parallel between the lawsuit against Oko  and the Nazis’ persecution of Polish intellectuals, saying that this case should “sound alarm bells amongst historically educated people.”  

The 2021 sentence against Oko has also caught the attention of Polish deputy minister of justice Marcin Romanowski. 

At the time, Romanowski slammed the ruling in a tweet, writing,  “According to the German court, Fr. Prof. Dariusz Oko, by exposing a group of rapists operating inside the church in a scientific article, incited hatred. The court thus trampled on academic freedom and showed that it values ​​torturers more than victims,” he wrote. “Let us not allow such paranoia in Poland.” 

The Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture, a conservative Polish legal organization, also came to the Polish priest’s defense following the 2021 ruling.  

“We have serious reservations about the legal basis for prosecuting” Fr. Oko and Fr. Stöhr, said Ordo Iuris president Jerzy Kwaśniewski in a statement 

“Article 130 of the German Criminal Code prohibits hate speech against a number of groups, none of which is mentioned in the article by Fr. Prof. Oko.” 

“In addition, we are dealing with a scientific article, so we are operating in the area of ​​academic freedom, freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and criticism, the protection of which under the German constitution and the international system of human rights prevents the conviction of the author and editor-in-chief of a scientific journal,” he added. 

The institute launched a petition on behalf of Oko and Stöhr to the Cologne District Court and the then German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  

As of Friday, the petition has garnered over 85,000 signatures. Oko had hoped it would reach 100,000 before his trial.  

Developing. The story will be updated as new information is obtained. 

Comments

Commenting Guidelines
LifeSiteNews welcomes thoughtful, respectful comments that add useful information or insights. Demeaning, hostile or propagandistic comments, and streams not related to the storyline, will be removed.

LSN commenting is not for frequent personal blogging, on-going debates or theological or other disputes between commenters.

Multiple comments from one person under a story are discouraged (suggested maximum of three). Capitalized sentences or comments will be removed (Internet shouting).

LifeSiteNews gives priority to pro-life, pro-family commenters and reserves the right to edit or remove comments.

Comments under LifeSiteNews stories do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews.

13 Comments

    Loading...