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The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse (edition 2010)

by Geoffrey Robertson

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Title:The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse
Authors:Geoffrey Robertson
Info:Penguin Global (2010), Paperback, 240 pages
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The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse by Geoffrey Robertson QC

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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 |
The erudition is superb, but that is only the start. This book is a kind of foundation for discussion on the question of the Holy See and the Pope in two main areas. Firstly, whether the Pope is complicit and criminally liable to prosecution for covering up sex abuse crimes by Catholic clergy. Second, whether the Holy See is a State in International Law or not, and whether it should be given preferential treatment above all other religions in International Diplomacy, particuarly at the UN.

I find myself quite stirred up by this book. I don't think that anyone can read it in a neutral way. It is provocative and controversial from the start and my only question is will any government listen to it, or heed its advice? I would suggest Robertson is spot on and that the Vatican and the Pope should be subjected to criminal prosecution for all their crimes, not just on the sexual abuse of minors, but for all their crimes against humanity, particularly in respect of torture, execution, complicity with Hitler, Franco and Mussolini, etc and certainly in their infractions against the rights of the person and their obstruction of the UN's attempts to give due rights on the grounds of sexual orientation and the status of women in the world.

Buy this book and read, but I think the larger question is what will you do having read this book? ( )
1 vote | Feb 7, 2011 | edit |
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 vote 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 vote 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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0241953847, Paperback)

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. Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unpunished? Should he and his seat of power, the Holy See, continue to enjoy an immunity that places them above the law? Geoffrey Robertson QC, a distinguished human rights lawyer and judge, evinces a deep respect for the good works of Catholics and their church. But, he argues, unless Pope Benedict XVI can divest himself of the beguilements of statehood and devotion to obsolescent canon law, the Vatican will remain a serious enemy to the advance of human rights. "Robertson is an adept QC and this is a devastating case". ("Daily Telegraph"). "Combines moral passion with steely forensic precision...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". (Terry Eagleton, "Guardian"). "Forceful, wide-ranging". ("The Tablet"). "Robertson has not become a successful lawyer by muddling his arguments and distorting his facts...He writes clearly, at times passionately, as counsel for the prosecution". )(John Lloyd, "Financial Times"). Geoffrey Robertson QC is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, the largest human rights practice in the UK. In 2008, he was appointed as a distinguished jurist member of the UN Justice Council. His books include "Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice", a memoir, "The Justice Game" and "The Tyrannicide Brief", an award winning study of the trial of Charles I.

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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.… (more)

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