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A prominent cardinal, in a marked departure from tradition, stood near the Pope at Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday and delivered pointedly public support in the face of growing anger over the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal – a topic untouched by the Pope in his Easter appearances. The remarks on Easter Sunday came among a chorus of denunciations by church officials of what they have framed as a campaign of denigration of the church and its pontiff. Some churchmen are interpreting questions about Pope Benedict’s role in the scandal as an attack on the faith.
Pope must answer for crimes against humanity
Geoffrey Robertson; 4/4/10
No legal immunity – the Vatican should feel the full weight of international law. Well may the Pope defy ”the petty gossip of dominant opinion”. But the Holy See can no longer ignore international law, which now counts the widespread or systematic sexual abuse of children as 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.
See: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/pope-must-answer-for-crimes-against-humanity-20100403-rkro.html; As ye sow, so shall ye reap: abuse leads to abuse; 1/4/10; http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/blogs/the-religious-write/as-ye-sow-so-shall-ye-reap-abuse-leads-to-abuse/20100401-rg36.html; Paul Russell: Burkas, the Pope & political correctness; 4/4/10; Paul Russell; http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2010/04/04/paul-russell-burkas-the-pope-amp-political-correctness.aspx