9780241953846

The Case of the Pope

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  • ISBN13:

    9780241953846

  • ISBN10:

    0241953847

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/6/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Global

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Summary

THE CASE OF THE POPE delivers a devasting 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? 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Suffer the Little Childrenp. 1
Sins of the Fathersp. 14
Canon Lawp. 42
The Lateran Treatyp. 63
The Statehood Testp. 79
The Holy See and the United Nationsp. 96
The Convention on the Rights of the Childp. 112
A Case to Answer?p. 121
Crimes Against Humanityp. 134
Can the Pope be Sued?p. 151
Reflectionsp. 163
A bishop on the standp. 175
Extracts from Crimen Sollicitationisp. 189
Extracts from Sacramentorum sanctitatus tutela: Apostolic letter from Cardinal Ratzinger (2001)p. 198
de gravioribus delictis (July 2010)p. 201
Bibliographyp. 205
Notesp. 214
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