Authors Dawkins and Hitchens Prepare Case For Arrest of Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI)

Authors Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have commissioned barrister Geoffrey Robertson and solicitor Mark Stephens to present a justification for legal action and potentially the arrest of Joseph Alois Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI), when the Pontiff visits the UK for four days in September.
The Times UK reported yesterday that controversial authors Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Hitchens (God is Not Great) believe there is already a precedence set for such a move when a similar legal principle was used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998. The authors are intent on getting their legal team to instigate criminal proceedings and a civil action against the Pope, and may even consider referring a case to the International Criminal Court on the grounds of crimes against humanity.
This latest bizarre development follows continued criticism and a litany of unfolding scandals of child sexual abuse perpetrated by priests in the Catholic Church in Ireland, England and the USA over many decades. The Catholic Church has been accused by many of its abused victims, as children, that they were sworn to pacts and oaths of secrecy to enable the church to protect the perpetrators and facilitators, and priests alleged to have committed acts of abuse were simply moved from community to community.
According to the Times UK:

“The Pope was embroiled in new controversy this weekend over a letter he signed arguing that the ‘good of the universal church’ should be considered against the defrocking of an American priest who committed sex offences against two boys. It was dated 1985, when he was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which deals with sex abuse cases.”

The authors’ legal team believe the Pope is not immune from arrest because the Vatican is not recognised as a state by the United Nations.

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