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The Case of the Pope :  Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse - Geoffrey Robertson

The Case of the Pope

Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse


Published: 14th September 2010
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THE CASE OF THE POPE delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that shields paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world.

Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unpunished? Should he and his seat of power, the Holy See, continue to enjoy an immunity that places them above the law?

Geoffrey Robertson QC, a distinguished human rights lawyer and judge, evinces a deep respect for the good works of Catholics and their church. But, he argues, unless Pope Benedict XVI can divest himself of the beguilements of statehood and devotion to obsolescent Canon Law, the Vatican will remain a serious enemy to the advance of human rights.erious enemy To The advance of human rights. And more children will suffer.

A challenge no thoughtful Catholic can ignore -- Helena Kennedy An utterly brilliant, brave, and oh-so-timely book ... It puts Ratzinger squarely in the frame -- Lisa Appignanesi Geoffrey Robertson is a brilliant lawyer and it shows. The clear light of his style - painstaking, thorough, dispassionate - throws into cruel relief the truth from which the Pope cannot hide -- Richard Dawkins He writes clearly, at times passionately, as counsel for the prosecution. It works ... touches believers and non-believers alike -- John Lloyd Financial Times Devastating ... a book that combines moral passion with steely forensic precision, enlivened with the odd flash of dry wit. With admirable judiciousness, it even finds it in its heart to praise the charitable work of the Catholic church, as well as reminding us that paedophiles (whom Robertson has defended in court) can be kindly men. It is one of the most formidable demolition jobs one could imagine on a man who has done more to discredit the cause of religion than Rasputin and Pat Robertson put together -- Terry Eagleton Guardian

Suffer the Little Childrenp. 1
Sins of the Fathersp. 14
Canon Lawp. 42
The Lateran Treatyp. 63
The Statehood Testp. 79
The Holy See and the United Nationsp. 96
The Convention on the Rights of the Childp. 112
A Case to Answer?p. 121
Crimes Against Humanityp. 134
Can the Pope be Sued?p. 151
Reflectionsp. 163
A bishop on the standp. 175
Extracts from Crimen Sollicitationisp. 189
Extracts from Sacramentorum sanctitatus tutela: Apostolic letter from Cardinal Ratzinger (2001)p. 198
de gravioribus delictis (July 2010)p. 201
Bibliographyp. 205
Notesp. 214
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ISBN: 9780241953846
ISBN-10: 0241953847
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 14th September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1