Friday, September 17, 2010

the pope

Christopher Hitchens wrote about this in a recent article on Slate.

I know I am preaching to the choir (hah!) here, but why is it that no moves are being made to hold the Catholic Church responsible for the large sale organized rape and subsequent cover-up of children?

The Pope is going to be in the UK this week, and a number of humanists/ atheists, etc are lobbying hard for his arrest. Of course there is a 0% chance of this happening, and for any number of reasons, those in favor of the legal persecution of the pontiff have been marginalized as fringe radicals.

a new book is coming out in the US in October (already out in UK). The case of the Pope: Vatican accountability for Human Rights Abuse. It was put together by Geoffrey Robertson, a human rights lawyer in Britain.

the blurb reads

""The Case of the Pope" delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that shields paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world. Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unpunished? And, should he and his seat of power, the Holy See, continue to enjoy an immunity that places them above the law? Geoffrey Robertson QC, a distinguished human rights lawyer and judge, evinces a deep respect for the good works of Catholics and their church. But, he argues, unless Pope Benedict XVI can divest himself of the beguilements of statehood and devotion to obsolescent canon law, the Vatican will remain a serious enemy to the advance of human rights."

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