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.