Go! Arrest the Pope

Posted on April 15th, 2010 by Lib


Could this be the Pope waving goodbye to the Vatican?

Possibly, thanks to Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchins who are planning a legal ambush to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested during his state visit to Britain “for crimes against humanity”.

If you aren’t aware of what the Popes crimes are alleged to be, then you can read about them here but basically, he has been accused of a child abuse cover up involving priests in America in the 80′s.

Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, is hoping to exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998. Dawkins said ‘This is a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence’.

His partner in vigilantiasm, Christopher Hitchens, also an atheist author said ‘This man is not above or outside the law. The institutionalised concealment of child rape is a crime under any law and demands not private ceremonies of repentance or church-funded payoffs, but justice and punishment’.

So, are they right? I mean, if you take religion out of the way, these are serious allegations (not “petty gossip” as one dim Cardinal put it) that deserve to be, at the very least, investigated. Just because he allegedly holds the highest position within the church and is arguably God’s voice on earth, doesn’t mean he can’t be made accountable does it?

Hundreds of children have been abused, they deserve a voice, and an answer too don’t they?

All comments welcomed please……….Amen.

31 Responses to “Go! Arrest the Pope”

  1. Jim says:

    Hi Lib,

    I’m loosley (matron) aware of this pope scandal and your article has put it into perspective for me v nicely.

    Investigate, investigate and investigate for sure – nobody is above the law – not even the cast of Police Academy in IMHO – well maybe hightower, he was impossible to arrest due to his size…

  2. Bo Snr says:

    In one of the UK daily papers the Pope does not have diplomatic immunity. He is not head of state,
    so could be arrested !!

  3. Ian Baker says:

    he should be nicked

    he did nothing about future proven child sexual abuse

    thereby giving tacit consent to it

    good on dawkins and hitchens- two great writers

    someone who condones or blind eyes paedophilia and abuse should be arrested regardless of position.

  4. Even within the context of the church, felony crimes were committed and it makes it even more egregious that it was in the context of the church and covered up. To me it seems no different than a pedophile group. They deserve to be sentenced as anyone would even the Pope and those that were complicit in their actions. I am so glad that those that were abused are again speaking out and giving a voice to all those that were sinned against. Hooray for them. Let them uncover the truth and may they answer to the full extent of the law.
    .-= Clinically Clueless´s last blog ..Dietician consultation =-.

    • Lib says:

      Inerestingly enough CC, the Catholic church has recently likened homosexuality to paedophilia, a direct defensive strike? Albeit a ridiculous one? I think so.

      • Interesting last night I saw a rerun of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit where a pedophia ring basically sees themselves liked to homosexuals, transgender, bisexual, etc… One of the gay characters, who is a forensic psychiatrist, expressed his anger and why it is not the same.

        Again, it revictimized the victims. Interesting enough this month is Child Abuse Prevention month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

        Yes, it is ridiculous…in the end they have to live with themselves and face God
        .-= ClinicallyClueless´s last blog ..Dietician consultation =-.

        • Lib says:

          I wonder whether the date is ringed on the Pope’s calendar in the kitchen?

          Perhaps that’s why they can live with themselves though, as they preach that you will be eternally damned by God for any sin committed but ultimately perhaps they don’t believe it themselves allowing them, in their minds at least, to get away with anything.

          The biggest con artists in the world perhaps.

          • Ian Baker says:

            Must say its a sad indictment on society when we need to have a ‘Child abuse protection month’.

            it implies that for 11 months of the year its acceptable!

          • Lib,

            Those in the power within the church will be judged more harshly than others according to the Bible.
            .-= ClinicallyClueless´s last blog ..Dietician consultation =-.

          • Ian,

            Interesting way to look at it, but awareness is year round. It is just more a focal point for this month. Unfortunately, I don’t see any evidence of this awareness except for the professionals.
            .-= ClinicallyClueless´s last blog ..Dietician consultation =-.

          • Ian Baker says:

            true cc

            I know Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw are very very big on this.

          • Lib says:

            Hi CC,

            ‘Those in the power within the church will be judged more harshly than others according to the Bible’

            Could you just clarify? I’m being a bit (very) thick today.

          • Hi Lib,

            The verse that I am referring to is James 3:1 which says, “Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness.” (New Living Translation) Back then a teacher was almost like the leader of their church.

            According to the Bible, when we even Christians, come before God we will have to give account of our wrongdoings. I don’t know much about that and I’m not sure how well based it is, but that is what the Protestant churches teach.
            .-= Clinically Clueless´s last blog ..Dietician consultation =-.

        • Ian Baker says:

          its basically lib

          if you run the choir and they are rubbish you will go to hell

          if you are a kiddy diddler but get caught you will go to hell

          if you fiddle the church raffle like ted bovis in hi de hi you will go to hell

          nothing to do with control or cultism. honest

          • Gareth in Thailand says:

            Mr Baker,
            Don’t forget Cowley, he’s massively against child abuse as well.

            Random fact, my father went to primary school with Lewis Collins.

  5. Great post Lib!!
    .-= Clinically Clueless´s last blog ..Dietician consultation =-.

  6. Diane says:

    Did you read about all this in the Times?


    Check out the name of the journalist who wrote this article…

    (Sorry to lower the tone)
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Mud and stuff =-.

  7. Lib says:

    Hi Diane,

    Oh dear. You would have thought that a pseudonym would have been appropriate?

    And I don’t think the tone started off that high anyway so no worries there!

    Good to see you here.

  8. Gareth in Thailand says:

    You could make it really fun and prosecute him in a court in Belfast, that’d be nice and calm.

    I am not sure why anyone is surprised, the Catholic church throughout the centuries has been involved in some despicable acts. From the persecution, torture and murder of non believers to mass corruption on an institutional scale – eg http://ezinearticles.com/?Corruption-of-the-Church-in-the-Middle-Ages&id=969734

    My grandparents were on opposite sides – one set catholic and one set Protestant, even though they are both Christian the crap they came out with about each others faith choice was unbelievable but I thank them for this as it made me turn my back on all that made up mumbo jumbo religion stuff.

    I was always wondering who they got to build their roofs as one of the richest organisations in the world always seem to be on the cadge to repair them.
    Why do they have so much money yet harp on about helping the meek and not being able to take riches to heaven, etc. Greedy corrupt sods.

    There is no way my daughter will be allowed anywhere near any religious institution on her own or until she is old enough to make up her own mind and give any randy priest/clergy a damned good kick in the pods.

    • Lib says:

      I know why they’re skint, look at the leg room the pope’s got, premium economy at the very least.

    • Not all are like that, but those that get the media attention are the not the norm in mainstream Christianity. I have huge issues about the Catholic church and their doctrine of which I don’t agree with. I have some issues with the Protestants also. But, I do consider myself a non-denominational Christian and am not the “norm” within the church.
      .-= ClinicallyClueless´s last blog ..Dietician consultation =-.

      • Gareth in Thailand says:

        Disagree. Most religious people I meet are total and utter fruit loops, after all they believe all this medieval magical BS written by a few shepherds off their heads several hundred years after some guy asked a few lads to be nice to each other.

        Mind you its good for firms like Raytheon and Halliburton as they make a mint from all the wars religion starts, as a share holder I tend to try and get as many nutters into religion as possible.
        If it wasn’t for Christianity and Islam I’d be skint. Carry on you guys, with the current economic climate a few more wars would be good then I can retire somewhere nice with lots of poor people to oppress and hoodwink into the ‘faith’.

  9. Irish Coffee says:

    30 comments and counting..

    This topic wouldn’t happen to be about religion??

    Or perhaps it’s about the corruption of religion – depending, I suppose, on whether you want to recognise any form of religion that has somehow escaped corruption..

    Or perhaps this is not about religion per se, but about an old form of politics, still obviously revered among many. ‘At least they haven’t been caught fiddling expenses, eh?’

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