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

av Geoffrey Robertson

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The Case of the Pope delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has been wrongly elevated to statehood and allowed to exploit its powers - not only to demean gays and women and damage UN efforts to combat AIDS but, in particular, to run a secret legal system that shields paedophiles from criminal trial and punishment.… (mer)
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One-sided but withering attack on the Vatican's failure to cooperate with agencies to address the scandal of child Abuse. A critique of Ratzinger's personal responsibility and some proposed solutions for the RC Church and the victims. ( )
  Voise15 | Oct 25, 2011 |
With forensic skill Geoffrey Robertson builds a case against the Vatican for its apparent callous disregard of the thousands of children who have been sexually molested by Catholic clergy. This is a terrible story about temporal ambition and the breathtaking hypocrisy of those who rule the church. ( )
1 rösta broughtonhouse | Jan 22, 2011 |
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. 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. 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.
At its heart, this report shows what can happen when worldly and ecumenical powers collide and muddy each other. A problem that is as old as religion itself. Maybe it is a good sign that this type of corruption is no longer being ignored and that no authority is now above question and the law. Enough is finally enough. ( )
2 rösta Suva | Sep 18, 2010 |
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This is 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.
 
Robertson has not become a successful lawyer by muddling his arguments and distorting his facts: we can expect the second to be right and I find the first convincing, if largely silent on the move – outside of Rome and especially in areas such as North America and parts of Europe where widespread abuse has been found – away from a reliance on a canon law that has proved no defence and towards a recognition that the police must be informed. He writes clearly, at times passionately, as counsel for the prosecution. It works: I had not previously thought of joining the protesters this coming week, but maybe now I will.
 

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