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Author's absurd claim: canon law protects priests from abuse trials

Catholic World News - September 08, 2010

Geoffrey Robertson, a human-rights lawyer and former UN judge, is generating publicity in Great Britain with his argument that the Vatican is using its sovereign status to shield priests who are guilty of sexual abuse.

Robertson argues that the Holy See should be treated as a “rogue state” because Church law allows priests to escape civil punishment. That claim is simply false—as should be evident from the fact that a number of priests are now serving prison sentences in various countries.

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  • Posted by: niall - Sep. 09, 2010 5:06 AM ET USA

    I heard Mr Robertson on Irish radio yesterday morning;his bias was utterly disgraceful.Like many,putting blame solely on Vatican & CDFDS when in reality individual bishops had the power to deal with abusers, no distinction made between defrocking & laicisation,stating as fact that Cardinal Ratzinger did nothing about abuse when head of CDFDS, misrepresenting Catholic teaching on homosexuality.The list goes on. The usually well-informed presenter unfortunately did nothing to challenge his claims.

  • Posted by: opraem - Sep. 08, 2010 9:05 PM ET USA

    who knows what crimes and cover-ups are on the horizon? would you believe a cardinal covering up child molestation for 25 years? would you believe a major archdiocese would cover-up for 25 priests it knew molested children? i wouldn't bet a slug on the rectitude of a bishop/cardinal, because the rot is so extensive. pray for the pope so he'll have the strength to clean out the filth present among the hierarchy.

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