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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

Paperback Published: 14th September 2010
ISBN: 9780241953846
Number Of Pages: 238

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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.

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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 *

excellent book


excellent, well researched and factual about todays current issue



A lot to answer for !!!


For those who suffer from blind faith should read this book.

port macquarie


Child molesting on an industrial scale


Describes the protection of child molesters on an industrial scale (100,000 victims in recent decades) by the Catholic Church, especially by the current pope in a former role in that officially on behalf of the Catholic Church he handled many hundreds of cases of child molesting by Catholic Church personnel reporting none of them to the police. This book explains how the church prevents church personnel from reporting crimes by using the churches cannon law such that they can be excommunicated for doing so, tries to keep victims quiet, and removes offenders from the jurisdictions in which they have offended to prevent prosecution. While not being a solicitor this book makes me wonder if the Catholic Churches cannon law by obstructing secular law would make the Catholic Church able to be disbanded as a criminal organization under some Australian state laws. I especially think this relevant after reading a book called The Vatican Exposed which describes the out of money Catholic Church bringing fascism to power in Italy prior to WW II, with full knowledge that this was a vote to end democracy in favour of fascism when fascists were promising to restore the Roman Empire, in return for an enormous cash bribe; influence in education; control of various businesses including a munitions company that supplied weapons during Italy's invasion on Ethiopia; statehood for the Vatican; and exemption of any accountability of the Vatican Bank, and the bringing to power of Hitler in Germany by a catholic controlled religious party giving up its elected places in government to the Nazis in return for a 9% tax on all German Catholics for the Vatican, as well as the Catholic Church's siding with the fascists in Croatia and its help in carrying out an attempted genocide in that conflict and the looting by the Catholic Church of the victims. The book details the Catholic Church's efforts of helping 30,000 Nazis fleeing justice after the war in return for bribes. The book also details the church's involvement with the Italian and American Mafia beginning after the war including the use of Vatican Bank by the Mafia in return for a slice of the illegal profits, and the Vatican placing a Mafia man in control of Vatican Bank. The apparent murder of a pope who removed criminal Catholic personnel from influence and their subsequent replacement back into power by the next pope, John Paul II, is also detailed. I mentioned The Vatican Exposed partly because people interested in The Case Of The Pope might also like it. The Case Of The Pope is a must for all parents and children. People who are interested in the above issues might like some of the following books, ranging from evolution to why there is no god :- The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse, by Geoffrey Robertson QC, dealing with child molesting in the Catholic Church; The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the Mafia, by Paul L Williams, dealing with the Catholic Church's association with Hitler, Mussolini, the mafia and other similar issues; Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and what We Can Do About It, by Sean Faircloth, dealing with superstitious fanaticism in the USA, The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins, dealing with the extremely low probability of the existence of god, The Faith Healers, by James Randy, dealing with the methods, motivation, and harm done by faith healers, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, by Richard Dawkins, dealing with the reasons to believe in evolution, Why I am not a Muslim, by Ibn Warraq, dealing with the problems of Islam, Root of all Evil? (DVD), by Richard Dawkins, dealing with problems of superstition, Telling Lies for God: Reason vs Creationism, by Ian Plimer, dealing with creation science, although it's out of print and expensive on some web sites, Deceit and Self-Deception: Fooling Yourself the Better to Fool Others, by Robert Trivers, dealing with why and how people deceive themselves over various issues, Kepler's Witch, by James A. Connor, dealing with the work of Kepler and the religious perils he and others faced in the 1600's during the lead up to the 30 year war between Catholics and protestants which killed a third of Germany's population, Origins of Us (DVD), presented by Dr Alice Roberts, dealing with human evolution. There are of course other books on these subjects but I've included those I have at least read. I included above a book on creation science but did not include one on intelligent design as I am waiting for one to arrive called God, the Devil, and Darwin: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory, although not having read it yet I can't say more than that it exists. There are also books on the psychology of why people maintain superstitious beliefs even in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence but I have not yet got around to any.



An excellent book by any standard


A searching book for those interested in sexual-abuse problems involving the Catholic Church.

Newcastle Australia


The Case of the Pope

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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: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 14th September 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1

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