Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Freedom of the press? Father Oko was sentenced for writing about the "lavender mafia," now the publisher is charged

 Father prof. Manfred Hauke, the publisher of Theologisches magazine, received two indictments in connection with the article by Fr. prof. Dariusz Oko, published in this magazine. Fr. Oko was convicted in July by a German court for allegedly "inciting hatred" in an article describing the operation of the so-called lavender mafia, and the ways it uses minors and clerics.

Father Oko and Father Johannes Stöhr were sentenced in Germany to a 4,800 euro fine for the publication of an article describing the phenomenon of the so-called "Lavender Mafia", that is, a criminal group operating among the clergy linked by homosexual practices. 

Both Fr. Oko and Fr. Stöhr took legal action. The hearing will be held in February 2022.

Now, the publisher of the magazine and the lecturer at the theology department in Lugano, Switzerland, Fr. Manfred Hauke also have problems with the law. The Pink Cross organization filed a complaint, which was followed by an indictment. It concerns an alleged violation of Art. 261 of the Swiss Penal Code, which prohibits discrimination and incitement to hatred on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. It is punishable by imprisonment of up to three years or a fine. 

The second indictment was made on the basis of a notification submitted by Fr. Rothe and deals with German criminal law. In an interview with, the clergyman said he hopes that the "incident" of publishing a scientific article "will not be without consequences - on the state, university and church side."

It seems that the so-called "rule-of-law" in the European Union looks darker and darker. No freedom of the press, no freedom of religion, and some people are "more equal than others."

- Based on the article in Niezalezna(.)pl, image from Dorzeczy(.)pl

- The book, "Lavender Mafia," (in Polish) is available on Amazon.