Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vatican Should be Treated as a “Rogue State”

“The Vatican should be treated as a kind of ‘rogue state’ by the rest of the world until it stops using statehood – and the ancient rules of the canon law – to protect pedophile priests,” says UN judge Geoffrey Robertson.

“The Catholic Church is the only religion permitted under international law to claim the privileges of statehood and its leaders immunity from civil or criminal action,” says Robertson.

Mr Robertson makes a “powerful and cogently explained case” for the international community to pressure the Church to “abandoning canon law,” which is the church law that defines discipline for sex crimes.

The Age [Article]