Thursday, August 18, 2005

Pope's Lawyers Ask Bush for Immunity in Molestation Case

"Pope Benedict the 16th is in his native Germany for the biggest worldwide gathering of Catholics since the funeral of his predecessor Pope John Paul II. More than 400,000 young Catholics from nearly 200 countries welcomed the new pope to the Catholic stronghold of Cologne for World Youth Day. But as he receives a warm welcome there, he faces serious charges in the United States. Lawyers for the Pope have asked President Bush to declare the pontiff immune from liability in a lawsuit that accuses him of conspiring to cover up the molestation of three boys by a seminarian in Texas. According to The Chicago Sun Times, the Vatican's embassy in Washington sent a diplomatic memo to the State Department on May 20 requesting the U.S. government grant the pope immunity because he is a head of state. A State Department spokesperson said this week that the pope is considered a head of state and automatically has diplomatic immunity."

So courageous of this global moral leader, no? I mean, if he had nothing to do with the cover-up, then why ask for immunity? If he did, then he's using his recent Pope-dom to cover up a crime -- which, by the way, isn't some financial shenanigan, but the covering up of homosexual, non-consensual, pedophilic sex by priests with young boys.

Oh, yes, he is my ethical compass. No wonder US and EU Catholics are fleeing the Church. (The non rightwing ones.)

6 Thoughts:

Blogger pawlr said...

The hypocrisy beggars belief, considering the breadth of the corruption in the U.S. on this issue. The Vatican clearly knew what was going on, and transferred the worst offenders to brand new dioceses where they could fondle a brand-new crop of underage laity. Ah, variety! The spice of life!

Thursday, August 18, 2005 1:06:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Gives a whole new meaning to the word "laity," don't it?

Paul, why aren't you accusing me of being anti-Catholic and running down a list of all the horrible things that have been done to Catholics, from the Roman amphitheatres on? LOL

Thursday, August 18, 2005 1:13:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

I think its because we're just better at convering our oppressors - once we got to Constantine we were in like Flint, baby!

Thursday, August 18, 2005 2:32:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

LOL

Thursday, August 18, 2005 9:30:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Paul,

Sorry, but what did you say about "hypocrisy buggering belief?"

Saturday, August 20, 2005 5:13:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

a far more accurate phrasing! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2005 11:39:00 AM  

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