Robertson and the Pope

September 29, 2010 at 10:51 am (Catholic Church) (, , , , , , , )

From (“Holding Pope responsible for abuses is not too dangerous”, September 29). It would seem that Geoffrey Robertson would accept that the Pope is immune from prosecution if he, is indeed, a head of state. To deny his state headship is, I think, about as logical as saying he is not a Catholic. Ex officio the Pope is the head of state and government of the Vatican City . However, big or small the territory of the Vatican City is, I would not think, this should legally determine whether it is a state or not. Also there are people with Vatican citizenship, perhaps not many, but they do recognise the Pope as their head of state. In the overall historical picture of the Pope’s claim to be a head of state, while focusing only on the Lateran Pacts of 1929 which created the Vatican City , it is well to remember that the Holy See has been recognised since late antiquity as a sovereign entity with the Pope as its head. The Pope as a head of state or not, I suspect, is just a red herring on Geoffrey’s part disguising a good red-blooded anti-Catholicism. Would he be as eager to question the bona fides of the Queen of England for the way sexual abuse has been handled in Anglican institutions?

 Reference: Wikipedia, “Vatican City”



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