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The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse Paperback – September 1, 2010
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Australian-born Geoffrey Robertson is a notable human rights lawyer and judge based in London. In his book he asks a simple question: to what extent is the Roman Catholic Church, and its head, the Pope, legally accountable for child abuse committed by its priests? He answers the question in a sustained forensic analysis that is devastating in its clarity, facts, even-handedness and focus. In the style of a legal brief, he writes in numbered paragraphs. There are 245 of them. They grip one by the throat as one reads.
Based on extant data and reasonable inference, it can be calculated that over 100,000 young people, from children to teenagers, overwhelmingly but not exclusively boys, have been molested in the Catholic Church over the past thirty years (to go back no further). It was during this period that Joseph Ratzinger, first as a Cardinal and Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith-he was appointed in 1983-and then, from 2005, as Pope Benedict, had as much influence over the rules monitoring priestly conduct as anyone else in the Catholic hierarchy. Why have so few priests been prosecuted? Why does the Catholic Church, with its enormous resources of power and influence, continue in these matters to resist any accountability to national and international law?
The answer is that it does not feel it is accountable to any laws but its own, that is Canon Law. It asserts this right by reference to its role as an independent state, established in the 1929 Lateran Treaty it made with Mussolini.Read more ›
The earlier extensive review by Opinion above covers large portions of Robertson's content, nonetheless numbered paragraph 232 from the book sums up the case;
"The evidence summarized in this book reveals three stunning, shameful and incontrovertible facts about the governance of the catholic Church since Joseph Ratzinger became an archbishop (1979), the head of the CDF (1981) and Pope (2005):
a. Tens of thousands, perhaps even a hundred thousand children and teenagers, mainly boys, have been sexually abused by the clergy, and most have been caused serious and long-term psychological damage.
b. Thousands of clergy, known to be guilty of very grave crimes of a kind which most perpetrators have a propensity to commit again, have not been defrocked. They have been harboured by the church, moved to other parishes or countries and protected from identification and from temporal punishment - usually a prison sentence - under Canon Law protocols that offer them forgiveness in this world as well as in the next.
c. The Holy See, a pseudo-state, has established a foreign law jurisdiction in other friendly states pursuant to which, in utter secrecy, it has dealt with sex abusers in a manner incompatible with, and in some respects contrary to, the law of the nation in which it operates, and has withheld the evidence of their guilt from law enforcement authorities.Read more ›
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The more you read about this terrible subject the more unbelievable it becomes. Because of this it makes you want to read more in the hope that thi gs improve. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sharonrae
Hard to believe, but then Geoffrey Robertson QC would not make this stuff up. The full extent of the atrocities conducted by the church are now coming to light and yet the effort... Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Harding
A book with so mutch references.So much relevant material about the sexual abuses in this curch.Very important to read this book.
A riveting read. Presents the detailed evidence and cogent legal arguments that finally exposed the corrupt and un-Christian practices that devastated the Catholic Church, while... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Elizabeth Sheppard BA BTh BPhil STB DipEd ACertCM(UK) NILA
It amazes me to think that in this day and age the Vatican/secret legal system is allowed to operate as a separate entity and allow justice to go undeserved for so many victims... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Becca Delgado
Very interesting but a bit too legal for me. I like Geoffrey Robertson on TV shows like Hypothetical but it's heavy reading on holidaysPublished 23 months ago by Kathleen Doherty
This is not a read for everyone but I found it interesting being a critical, non practicing Catholic. Confirmed my sentimentsPublished on April 6, 2014 by baby doe
Robertson presents a clear and compelling case for major reforms to be made. The central issue is the practice and covering up of child abuse on a massive scale. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Remlap
I'll continue to live to Christian values but want nothing to do with the Vatican. After reading this book I did some research and found www.countmeout. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Martin E