Sunday, 17 February 2013

Arrest the (Ex Pope) ? Here we go Again

With the imminent retirement of Pope Benedict the "Usual Suspects" have been lining up to allege his Guilt in alleged "Crimes Against Humanity" and the possibility of a retired Pope being arrested.  This is a subject I have Blogged about in the past and in order to avoid simply repeating myself I refer those interested to my earlier Blogs

15 September 2011 Put the Pope in the Dock - 2

Monday, 26 July 2010 A World-wide Criminal Conspiracy ?

Friday, 9 April 2010 Put the pope in the dock ?

Monday, 5 July 2010 Doe v Holy See - Not as Important as it appears

Please all Note that "Crimes Against Humanity" are defined in International Law under
Article 7 of the Rome Statute which defines "Crimes against Humanity" as follows (my emphasis)
"For the purpose of this Statute, "crime against humanity" means any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack"

As I have previously pointed out even the worst allegations against Pope Benedict or the Church do not reach the level of being an "attack directed against any civilian population" 

As  I said last year
Q; Is the Church, the Vatican or the Pope above the law ?

A;   No All three are answerable to National or International law. However just as they are not above the Law they should not be treated as below the law or not deserving of the normal rules and protections of the law. Therefore critics who accuse the Church, the Pope or the Vatican of crimes should have to justify their criticisms by applying normal legal rules

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