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THE Vatican is asking a federal judge to reject an attempt to question Pope Benedict XVI under oath in a Kentucky sex abuse lawsuit on the grounds that there has been no evidence of a link to church officials in Rome.
The arguments filed on Thursday in US District Court also say that forcing Pope Benedict, a head of state, to give a deposition would violate international law. The US considers the Vatican to be a sovereign nation.
The lawsuit accuses the Vatican, referred to in papers as the Holy See, of orchestrating a coverup of priests sexually abusing children throughout the US.