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Pope Benedict Will Have Immunity From Child Abuse Claims By Living In Vatican

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Pope Benedict will have immunity from any attempts to prosecute him in connection to sexual abuse cases around the world, legal experts say of the pope’s decision to resign his position.

Benedict announced that he will spend the remainder of his days living at the Vatican, where he will also be given security measures, Reuters reported.

“His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenseless. He wouldn’t have his immunity, his prerogatives, his security, if he is anywhere else,” one Vatican official told Reters.

Pope Benedict announced that he will resign on February 28, the first pope in centuries to leave while alive.

Vatican officials said Benedict‘s decision to remain in the Vatican is a practical one, albeit a bit unprecedented.

“I see a big problem if he would go anywhere else. I’m thinking in terms of his personal security, his safety. We don’t have a secret service that can devote huge resources (like they do) to ex-presidents,” the official said.

With Pope Benedict getting immunity, Vatican officials also would not have to worry about a legal defense. Benedict has been named in lawsuits in the past, Reuters noted:

“In 2010, for example, Benedict was named as a defendant in a law suit alleging that he failed to take action as a cardinal in 1995 when he was allegedly told about a priest who had abused boys at a U.S. school for the deaf decades earlier. The lawyers withdrew the case last year and the Vatican said it was a major victory that proved the pope could not be held liable for the actions of abusive priests.”

For Pope Benedict, immunity from prosecution was not a motivation for his resignation. Church historian Matthew Bunson told USA Today that Benedict saw Pope John Paul II’s declining health in his later years and vowed to step aside before he became unable to perform his duties.

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11 Responses to “Pope Benedict Will Have Immunity From Child Abuse Claims By Living In Vatican”

  1. Bruce Veasey

    BULLSHIT. I say the Italian government needs to go in there and extradite that sorry piece of filth where he will face trial and hopefully prison for the rest of his miserable life.

  2. Austin Wade Soulone

    Pope Pedophile the Second, may it choke on it own vomit, then burn in the lowest ring of it own personal hell.

  3. Anton Batey

    The Pope remaining in the Vatican to immune himself from sexual abuse crimes is not unprecedented. Former V.P Dick Cheney and Sect. of State Henry Kissinger are just two examples of American statesmen who do not travel outside the U.S. in fear of being arrested for their various (and real) war crimes. There are RICO international laws that in theory, could legitimately go after the Pope and Cardinals. They’re the same laws used to go after the mafia. However, powerful states (like the U.S., Britain, Germany) would have to be on board, along with a good chunk of Cardinals because of the religious nature. Hence, religion is again being used to cover up responsibility for criminal acts that NO secular organization would ever get away with.

  4. Austin Wade Soulone

    IT IS A FACT, this pope shielded PEDOPHILES, THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF THIS POPE, but then again birds of a feather flock together, so it makes me wonder, do you condone his actions or are you a PEDOPHILE too

  5. Austin Wade Soulone

    if your are going for sarcasm you utterly failed, if you are defending this popes actions, then I say this, if I see you near my children, you will need to be bullet proof from head to toe.

  6. Orazio Natale Giunta

    Whether or not zenit.org might be considered biased – because it differs from your beliefs- is NOT the issue.
    The article is IMPARTIAL, and was first published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) 8 days earlier than on zenit.org.
    Moreover, it follows his earlier 214 pp. book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Pedophiles-Priests-Anatomy-Contemporary-Crisis/dp/0195145976
    Book description:
    "This volume takes a close, dispassionate look at the entire history of the issue of sexual abuse among the clergy, and especially among the Roman Catholic clergy. From the first rumblings to today's headlines, Philip Jenkins has written a fascinating, exhaustive, and, above all, even-handed account that not only puts this particular crisis in perspective, but offers an EYE-OPENING look at the way in which an issue takes hold of the POPULAR IMAGINATION. Jenkins reassures us about our local clergy, but also delivers a disturbing message about HOW VULNERABLE WE ARE TO THE NEWS MEDIA. Meticulously documented and dispassionately argued, this volume marks a watershed in the discussion of an issue of enormous current interest, one that will not disappear from the headlines any time soon."

  7. Orazio Natale Giunta

    Austin Wade Soulone : GOSSIP is NOT FACTS, because you prefer to believe it. That's the reason of the article I posted above, which you had NO interest in reading because it expose your falseness. Before your ever respond here again, do that AFTER you've read the short Philip Jenkins' article proposed above. Thank you.