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Pope Seeks Immunity in Texas Abuse Case

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posted on Aug, 20 2005 @ 04:56 AM
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Rome - The lawyer who is suing Pope Benedict XVI in Texas for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of children by a seminarian said Wednesday he would challenge the US diplomatic recognition of the Vatican if the pope is given immunity in the case.



The pope's lawyers have already asked President Bush to certify Benedict's immunity from liability in the civil lawsuit since he is a head of state - the Vatican city-state.

Attorney Daniel Shea, who is representing one of three boys suing the pope, told a news conference Wednesday that Bush could abstain from confirming Benedict's immunity. In that case, the judge handling the case, Judge Lee Rosenthal of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston, would decide how to proceed, he said.

Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict's former name - is named as a defendant in the civil lawsuit, accused of conspiring with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to cover up the abuse of three boys during the mid-1990s. The suit is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

The three boys, identified in court documents as John Does I, II and III, allege that a Colombian-born seminarian on assignment at St. Francis de Sales church in Houston, Juan Carlos Patino-Arango, molested them during counseling sessions in the church in the mid-1990s

Shea has argued in civil court documents that a May 18, 2001, letter Ratzinger wrote to bishops around the world was evidence that he was involved in a conspiracy to hide Patino-Arango's crimes and to help him escape prosecution.

While international experts say the pope can certainly claim immunity in the case and that ultimately Shea's suit won't succeed, lawyers for church sex abuse victims say the case is significant because it has gone further than other recent attempts to implicate the Vatican and high-ranking church officials in the sex scandal.

The Vatican spokesman and Ratzinger's lawyers have declined to comment on the case.

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I guess Child Molestations in Churches are something that happens everyday - and apparently the New Pope is also involved in Abuse Scandals.

I mean this guy clearley HELPED the bishops to escape prosecution - and the 3 young boys, that are the victims of this Abusees, won't ever see Justice!

Church must ALWAYS remaind Clean and Holy!

AMEN!




posted on Aug, 20 2005 @ 04:59 AM
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The Search function is your friend Souljah, use it more...

Pope named defendant in sex abuse lawsuit



posted on Aug, 20 2005 @ 05:03 AM
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Originally posted by djohnsto77
The Search function is your friend Souljah, use it more...

Pope named defendant in sex abuse lawsuit

Thanks for the link DJ!

I didn't even look....



Mods - Lock me up!

[edit on 20/8/05 by Souljah]



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