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Vatican to Shield Pope from Arrests Over Sexual Abuse Till He Dies

Why is the Pope going to live in the Vatican after he retires?

Protection, according to Reuters: Pope

The final key consideration is the pope's potential exposure to legal claims over the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandals.

In 2010, for example, Benedict was named as a defendant in a law suit alleging that he failed to take action as a cardinal in 1995 when he was allegedly told about a priest who had abused boys at a U.S. school for the deaf decades earlier. The lawyers withdrew the case last year and the Vatican said it was a major victory that proved the pope could not be held liable for the actions of abusive priests.

Benedict is currently not named specifically in any other case. The Vatican does not expect any more but is not ruling out the possibility.

"(If he lived anywhere else) then we might have those crazies who are filing lawsuits, or some magistrate might arrest him like other (former) heads of state have been for alleged acts while he was head of state," one source said.

And he can travel into Italy too:

The 1929 Lateran Pacts between Italy and the Holy See, which established Vatican City as a sovereign state, said Vatican City would be "invariably and in every event considered as neutral and inviolable territory".

There have been repeated calls for Benedict's arrest over sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

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  1. This may be it exactly. Hiding behind the Church's skirts (pun intended)!

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 18, 2013 10:41:25 AM

  2. The world court went after and got Slobadan Milosevic even though Serbia wasn't keen on shielding him.

    Posted by: Cam | Feb 18, 2013 10:52:22 AM

  3. The world's largest criminal organization will shield its former leader forever. Is that a surprise? He'll live in luxury until the day he dies and then he may be nominated for sainthood. It's a shame so many fools aid and abet these organized criminal enterprises in hopes they may find some sort of salvation and life after death. There's a sucker born every minute and that's why the churches survive.

    Posted by: Bob R | Feb 18, 2013 11:01:05 AM

  4. They kinda can. He's considered the head of state of a sovereign nation. Is it right? Not necessarily, but then, we can't really complain when we didn't hand over our Presidents despite some questionable actions done by our agents.

    Posted by: J Y | Feb 18, 2013 11:01:51 AM

  5. IMHO it [the church] is a criminal organization, and should treated as such. In the U.S., this means using RICO prosecution in addition to getting the top dogs responsible for widespread child abuse and obstruction of justice. Why for example the former Cardinal of Boston Bernard Law is sitting in a prison cell here in the U.S rather than hiding in the Vatican is beyond me. And I know many Catholics who agree with me.

    On a side-note, I'm very disturbed that a post I tried to make regarding Middle East 'Conflict' and a NYC LGBT center was blocked and not posted. I used no 'bad' words that I'm aware of although I know some other sites will actually censor or ban the "J" word. It's ridiculous. And why was a very difficult to post this comment?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 18, 2013 11:09:22 AM

  6. WTF is going on with TR? Why do any posts regarding the M.E. 'conflict', Z*onism or just anything about J*dism, perfectly sane and non-vulgar or offensive troll-like comments, get blocked repeatedly?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 18, 2013 11:14:52 AM

  7. I'm glad somebody has finally put into print, what I believe to be, the single overriding reason, he will remain in Vatican City. There are plenty of European countries where he could be named in legal proceedings also. Imagine the debacle possible/ I believe he will not take a step outside Italy for the remainder of his life.

    Posted by: mikro | Feb 18, 2013 11:24:02 AM

  8. Oh, those "crazies" filing lawsuits! As opposed to that sane behavior by the priests and the massive cover-up that followed i.e., the inspiration for those lawsuits.

    @Ratbastard: For what it's worth, I've made several comments on TR recently that failed to appear, and I'm quite certain no "forbidden" words were in them. Seems like comments either aren't appearing or are appearing 4 times for some people . . . so may not be censorship at work here.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 18, 2013 11:34:22 AM

  9. Welp. Time to nuke Vatican City and be done with it once and for all then.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 18, 2013 11:37:57 AM

  10. Disgusting, despicable and thoroughly disgraced. He's made his mark and will be remembered.

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 18, 2013 11:43:07 AM

  11. High moral and ethical standards right? Example to the world right?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 18, 2013 12:26:34 PM

  12. Buying into Catholicism makes about as much sense as buying into Scientology.

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Feb 18, 2013 1:02:14 PM

  13. Jesus didn't hide out. He stood his trial and accepted the punishment. I thought the Pope was supposed to be like Jesus.

    Posted by: gb | Feb 18, 2013 1:25:50 PM

  14. The Vatican, popes and their cohort criminals in black collars were outed by a priest during an Australian trial just days before the pope's resignation.

    The priest testified that from the Vatican on down, it was...and is...policy that celibacy rules are only broken if a priest has sex with a woman. He and his ilk were given the church's blessing to rape children or have sex with men....based on the rules from Rome.

    Hence, those who did receive complaints/reports by victims had no reason to report nor cease their sexual assaults of children because it was not a sinful act with a woman....allowing more victims to suffer under the Vatican's blessing.

    It has been common knowledge that for decades, victims who refused to be silenced were excommunicated....not the priests who raped them.

    Posted by: mike | Feb 18, 2013 2:05:09 PM

  15. So that means Benedict will have to keep his ex-papal posterior confined inside the walls of the Vatican? Because he could be arrested anywhere in this world for aiding, abetting and covering up crimes of a heinous nature. He is a criminal. He should be captured, put on trial, convicted with the overwhelming evidence against him that now exists and put in prison in a 6x6 cell for the rest of his miserable life.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 18, 2013 2:09:40 PM

  16. kinda like bush and cheney, except they killed kids

    Posted by: rj | Feb 18, 2013 2:25:43 PM

  17. ALL Catholics are complicit in the rape and subjugation of children. You're all sick, vile human beings.

    Posted by: Marc C | Feb 18, 2013 3:44:26 PM

  18. nothing short of aiding and abetting.

    Posted by: KDNA | Feb 18, 2013 4:03:40 PM

  19. It is maybe farfetched but I don't believe the pope is safe in Italy, Lateran Pacts or no. If it is true that an as yet unnamed European country has an arrest warrant for him (was reported recently, forgot where), that country is part of the Eurozone and Italy gets into financial trouble again? Don't bet on the pope being safe outside Vatican walls.
    Ultimately, the Vatican then becomes a luxurious jail.

    Posted by: NaomiClareNL | Feb 18, 2013 4:49:50 PM

  20. The pope will be protected, but the Catholic church will be decimated, and will be gone in a generation or two, since the truth is now being exposed:

    The Catholic church is a church of

    1) filthy riches
    2) child rape
    3) lying to support the above

    Posted by: Neil Allen | Feb 18, 2013 6:02:09 PM

  21. I just find this whole thing interesting as a bit of a politics nerd that was raised in a catholic family. I will say this- the church has positive elements that remain in it since it did essentially swallow and assimilate many pagan practices.

    The RCC had been getting some very good PR while John Paul II was pope because he was warmer and more open that popes before, and he looks like Mr Rodgers compared to the current pope...

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Feb 18, 2013 7:05:17 PM

  22. So, the pope is a fugitive from justice, depending on diplomatic immunity to avoid responsibility for his crimes. Sounds right.

    Posted by: KepplerTomsj | Feb 18, 2013 8:44:42 PM

  23. Even without safeguards in Italy, I doubt the pope would ever face a court. Any attempt to do so would be viewed as an attack on Catholics in general, and no government would be willing to risk alienating a segment of its population or looking intolerant of religion. I don't doubt that he will travel to his native Germany.

    Posted by: matt | Feb 19, 2013 7:14:06 AM

  24. Can't touch that inhuman slime but rest assured God has special plans for dispensing justice for those who escape earthly judgement.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Feb 19, 2013 8:14:50 AM

  25. Simpletons, all of you. "Nuke them" "ALL" Catholics, etc. Get a life. 99.9% of Catholics I know hate the abuse of children. It's the HOMOsexual priests who infiltrated our Church who are abusing (90+% of the time) boys. Priests buying into the wisdom of the world, not following Christ who said throw them into the sea if they harm a child.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 19, 2013 1:05:35 PM

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