He goes astray here and there (most grievously in supporting scuttlebutt that Pope John Paul the First was poisoned) but for the most part, he constructs a solid indictment against the Catholic Church and Pope Benny (when he was head of the CDF) for being culpable in not responding quickly or correctly to allegations of child sexual abuse in the church. Not surprisingly, anti-infallibilists have held up the case of Formosus as a contradiction of the doctrine of papal infallibility. It dates from a treaty established between Mussolini and the Holy See, which Robertson believes has no basis in international law. In the midst of the Arian crisis Pope Liberius was banished by the Arian Emperor Constantius II in A.D. 355 for refusing to condemn St. Athanasius. "The Case of the Pope" was not an easy read. This is by no means an enjoyable read. He goes astray here and there (most grievously in supporting scuttlebutt that Pope John Paul the First was poisoned) but for the most part, he constructs a solid indictment against the Catholic Church and Pope Benny (when he. The case of the pope. The Vatican says someone who lives in the same Vatican hotel as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus, adding to the 11 cases of COVID-19 among the Swiss Guards who protect him. It also means that as the only body in the world with "non-member state" status at the UN, the Catholic church has a global platform for pursuing its goals of diminishing women, demonising homosexuals, obstructing the use of condoms to prevent Aids and refusing to allow abortion even to save the life of the mother. The legalities could be a bit dull from time to time, but were necessary to understand the overall point. This is a legal brief. In fact, since almost all its inhabitants are celibate, it cannot propagate citizens at all other than by unfortunate accident. The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuses is a 2010 book by Geoffrey Robertson QC, detailing failings in the Vatican's handling of cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic church. The Vatican describes itself on its website as an "absolute monarchy", which means that the Pope is immune from being sued or prosecuted. 186 further deaths … Robertson sets out factually and unemotionally that Pope Ratarse should be tried for crimes against humanity because of his knowledge and cover-up of the child sex abuse perpetuated by priests. Since child abusers are supposedly incapable of controlling their sexual urges, this can be used in their defence. The Pontiff had part of one of his lungs removed following an illness as a young man back in his native Argentina. Be the first to ask a question about The Case of the Pope. ( Penguin Books ) schrijft de Australische mensenrechtenactivist en advocaat Geoffrey Robertson dat niet minder dan 100.000 kinderen - en waarschijnlijk zelfs dubbel zo veel - recent op een of andere manier door katholieke priesters zijn misbruikt. He manages to separate the religion from the actions of its leaders, resulting in a powerful, yet respectful, piece of work. It's been a long time since I've read a legal opinion, and I confess to being a little out of practice. by Penguin, The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse. Not the easiest read--it reads like a legal brief and at times overstates its case, but essential reading for any lawyer involved in such cases and international human rights junkies. So far-very enlightening! Am I so biased that what seems obvious and self-evident to me (child abuse is wrong - covering up child abuse is wrong) is really a morally and legally ambiguous grey area? Wow, talk about damning. There have, however, been some changes: victims of child abuse are now allowed to report the matter up to the age of 38 rather than 28. In The Case of the Pope Geoffrey Robertson delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that shields pedophile priests from criminal trial around the world. Robertson sets out factually and unemotionally that Pope Ratarse should be tried for crimes against humanity because of his knowledge and cover-up of the child sex abuse perpetuated by priests. As a Catholic I found this book harrowing as it has made me question what the Church actually stands for and whether any Catholic can in good conscience continue to defend this corrupt and morally bankrupt institution. Nor does it field a team in the World Cup, surely the most convincing sign of its phoniness. This isn't something you read swiftly - I had a novel on the go as well, and I'd pick this up and read a few pages at a time. No criticism is made of them. Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has ordered authorities to resolve the case of Minsk's exiled Catholic archbishop at the request of Pope Francis, the foreign minister said on Tuesday.Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who had angered Lukashenko by defending the rights of anti-government protesters, was barred from entry in August as … Being a case for the prosecution, the book refrains from offering even minimal acknowledgment of a potential defence. As a widespread and systematic practice, clerical sexual abuse could be considered a crime against humanity, such crimes not being confined to times of war; and though Ratzinger may claim immunity as a head of state, he is also a German citizen. I borrowed a copy but am about to by my own, it's a book for keeping. And he says the reason that they — you — are changing it is because, according to his view, women have a different experience of the economy, whether by being mothers or doing caregiving, etc. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Certain documents discrediting him are forgeries. At times while reading this book I became so enraged I almost hurled it off the balcony. he first child sex scandal in the Catholic church took place in AD153, long before there was a "gay culture" or Jewish journalists for bishops to blame it on. Geoffrey Ronald Robertson QC (born 30 September 1946) is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. He holds dual Australian and British citizenship. Which is no reflection on the inimitable Geoffrey Robertson QC who put together thi. This is a book that combines moral passion with steely forensic precision, enlivened with the odd flash of dry wit. I was much motivated to plod on when I heard of the eminent abdication of Pope Benedict XVI. Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that has … The prose is not elegant, the points are without humor; Robertson takes his task very seriously. Importantly, he explodes the arguments the Church has put up about protecting priests and shows conclusively that they ensure NO ONE, including the victims, is allowed to speak to the relevant authorities, such as the police, and that the Church continues to allow the offending priests to have access to children while not supporting the victims. A provocative study of whether the Pope can be held criminally or civilly liable for the child sex abuse scandal. Then he lays out the extent of Ratarse's knowledge and coverup of the abuse, and finally argues that he can (and should) be tried for crimes against humanity. EXTRAORDINARY! Terry Eagleton's latest book is On Evil (Yale). How can Ratzinger get away with it? Did Pope Francis play a major role in Argentina’s Dirty War? There is no emotion in this book, just facts, and the author goes on to explore whether the Pope has a case to answer in court. The Case of the Pope addresses a horrifying problem in our world, and you will likely find yourself angry that so little has been done to address it. How much longer will we let them get away with it? Robertson's title is a little misleading as it is just as much about the Vatican and the power structures as it is Pope Benny. This is not a book. This isn't something you read swiftly - I had a novel on the go as well, and I'd pick this up and read a few pages at a time. The New Pope (TV Series 2019– ) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. New African American Histories and Biographies to Read Now. Robertson has the rare ability of taking complex legal ideas and making them accessible and relevant to non-lawyers. We are made by history.” So, this January, as we celebrate Martin Luther King... To see what your friends thought of this book, This is by no means an enjoyable read. The Vatican, in any case, is unlikely to escape such a fate by arguing, as it has done already, that the relations between the Pope and his bishops are of such unfathomable theological complexity that no mere human court could ever hope to grasp them. At times, the book may seem repetitive, covering what may seem to be the same point multiple times. Deserves to be widely read by all who are interested in Human Rights and also by anyone who is a Catholic wanting to know how their leaders conduct themselves. Geoffrey Robertson QC leaves no holy stone unturned as he removes (painstakingly, at times) any lingering doubts your mind might be harbouring that the current pontiff is innocent of covering up serious crimes against innocent children. It’s utterly extraordinary that such a wealth of indisputable evidence exists of the Vatican’s wilful complicity in the protection, harbouring and trafficking of known criminals - namely its hundreds of paedophile priests - and no one in the upper echelons of the Roman Catholic Church is being held accountable. In zijn boek ‘The case of the pope: Vatican Accountability for human rights abuse.' We’d love your help. Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that … Under a veil of phoney-baloney legislative secrecy children were molested and left damaged for life, paid hush money or simply abandoned and forgotten in the rush to avoid scandal and protect the reputation of the church. Summed up nicely with a pre-papal quote from Ratzinger himself - "The Christian believer is a simple person: bishops should protect the faith of their little people against the power of intellectuals". They published photos of dictator Jorge Videla with a cardinal, allegedly Jorge Bergoglio, the recently elected Pope Francis. The case within Pope Francis' residence is added to the active coronavirus cases among Swiss Guards. Summed up nicely with a p. Forensic analysis of the controversy surrounding the Vatican's lack of action over child abuse within the Catholic Church and Ratzinger's responsibility in it all. Refresh and try again. He argues that there's this new generation of women economists changing the field. Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that … His time as the Vatican official in charge of overseeing priestly discipline was the period when, in Robertson's furiously eloquent words, "tens of thousands of children were bewitched, buggered and bewildered by Catholic priests whilst [Ratzinger's] attention was fixated on 'evil' homosexuals, sinful divorcees, deviate liberation theologians, planners of families and wearers of condoms". There are so many things that happen in this world that seem so completely and obviously wrong, and yet which go unpunished. Those who imagine that the Vatican has recently agreed to cooperate with the police, he points out, have simply fallen for one of its cynical public relations exercises. It’s time to LOCK HIM UP. Very legal (written by a QC-Queen's Council), highlighting the weakness, selfishness and numerous wrongs either instituted or continued by the last 3 popes, Benedict XVI — April 19, 2005-Feb. 28, 2013; John Paul II — Oct. 16, 1978-April 2, 2005; and John Paul I — Aug. 26-Sept. 28, 1978. For these purposes, it is sometimes to be found in unholy alliance with states such as Libya and Iran. It is the Vatican that is on trial. But something was wrong with these findings. If you happen to be 39, that's just tough luck. A well researched case-study of the Human Rights abuse of the Catholic Church. It's in three parts: the first part smashes the argument that the pope is a head of state by proving that Vatican City does not meet the criteria for statehood. Although there are legal questions raised and answered throughout it never becomes too complex to follow and as a whole constructs a thorough run through of the scandal, dealing with it in detail from 2002 onwards. In the so-called "New Norms" published by Pope Benedict this year, there is still no instruction to report suspected offenders to the civil authorities, and attempting to ordain a woman is deemed to be as serious an offence as sodomising a child. Neither is it slow to use veiled threats of excommunication to bend Catholic politicians throughout the world to its will. It will never happen, of course, but a great read nonetheless. He is involved to a disturbing degree. The level of the crimes, and of their cover-ups, are staggering in their almost Kafkaesque awfulness to the point that Robertson’s wry humour creeps in as the only way left to respond to the pure lunacy of the catholic church. Both men were consecrated on the same day, but Dioscorus died 22 days later, and Boniface II was accepted as pope after pressuring many of Dioscorus’s original supporters. Robertson demolishes, one-by-one, the defences the Vatican have used to excuse themselves from the charges of abetting child-rape over the years with controlled and pin-pointed anger throughout. An enlightening review of the Church's highly secret legal system. At times while reading this book I became so enraged I almost hurled it off the balcony. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century. Welcome back. Though Pope Francis has faced questions and even criticism for his overall handling of the clerical sexual abuse scandals in Catholicism, few cases touch the pontiff quite as directly as that of Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who was brought to Rome at the pope’s personal initiative and who now stands accused of abuse. For almost a quarter of a century, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the man who is now Pope, was in supreme command of this parallel system of justice – a system deliberately hidden from the public, police and parliaments and run, so Robertson maintains, in defiance of international law. The Case of The Pope (Francis) I asked Mr. Robertson: How different (if at all) in truth is obvious corruption (where money exchanges hands for gains) compared to getting chummy with the Pope… Notwithstanding, this was a thought provoking, interesting, slightly horrifying read. 'The case of the pope' Tag: Dirk Verhofstadt Full of detail on this, and the flimsy justification for the Pope's immunity from prosecution as a head of state (as explained in the book "statehood" a result of a treaty between the church and Mussolini for domestic Italian reasons, and the use the church makes of this to gain a voice on UN decision-making. EXTRAORDINARY! The first child sex scandal in the Catholic Church took place in AD153, long before there was a "gay … But it becomes apparent that every paragraph addresses a specific facet of this complicated mess. In The Case of the Pope Geoffrey Robertson QC 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. 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. Its "penalties" for raping children include such draconian measures as warnings, rebukes, extra prayers, counselling and a few months on retreat. He limits his attacks to the pope and high figure in the holy see, and doesn't attack the catholic church per se or catholics. Robertson demolishes, one-by-one, the defences the Vatican have used to excuse themselves from the charges of abetting child-rape over the years with controlled and pin-pointed anger throughout. One blindingly simple reason for the huge amount of child abuse in the Catholic church (on one estimate, up to 9% of clerics are implicated) is that the perpetrators know they will almost certainly get away with it. Advocacy is unabashedly biased, and justly so, if the adversarial system is touted as justice. Robertson lays out in plain and simple terms (the book reads almost like a legal document complete with numbered paragraphs) how these appalling hypocrites have hoodwinked the world into granting them nation status under international law with all the power and legal immunity that brings and used it further their anti-gay, anti-abortion agenda, all the while shielding men who rape children from prosecution with their own ineffective antiquated system of justice - Canon Law. Terry Eagleton welcomes a coolly devastating inquiry into the Vatican's handling of … Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. Though I may have been put off by it, I would consider this to be a strength of this book: The religious beliefs of Catholicism are entirely left alone. Pope Felix IV appointed Boniface II as pope before his death, but the priests of Rome — the papal electors of the time — elected Dioscorus after Felix passed away. 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