"Legal immunity cannot hold. The Vatican should feel the full weight of international law. (Pedophelia is) a crime against humanity. The anomalous claim of the Vatican to be a state - and of the pope to be a head of state and hence immune from legal action - cannot stand up to scrutiny."
Robertson's argument is powerful, expert, important, and convincing, and imagine the possibilities if high church officials and the pope are prosecuted - long indeed though the odds.
Their predecessors aside, might George Bush, Dick Cheney, all culpable Bush administration officials, Barack Obama and all of his, then find themselves in the dock for high crimes so severe and so many it would take volumes of indictment material to list and explain, and perhaps years for full accountability, let alone for a start to make equitable restitution.
A Final Comment
Because this scandal is longstanding, widespread, and in the open, the church worries most about losing its moral authority. Its main concern should be top to bottom reform, new leadership, and a changed mindset that compromised priests and complicit officials, including the pope, be fully accountable for crimes demanding punishment.
No longer are cover-ups, ducking the issue, defending the indefensible, forgiveness, or immunity permissible, nor should judicial authorities allow them.
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