Geoffrey Robertson QC to launch book maligning Pope Benedict on eve of visit

Geoffrey Robertson QC, barrister and human rights lawyer, is to launch his book attacking Pope Benedict as ‘an enemy of human rights’ at the London School of Economics 8 days before the Holy Father’s state visit. He will give a lecture with the same title as the book, ‘The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse.’

Publicity on the LSE website states:

‘The Case of the Pope delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that has shielded paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world. Is the Pope morally responsible or legally liable under domestic or international law for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unpunished? Should he and his seat of power, the Holy See, continue to enjoy an immunity that places them above the law? To what extent do Vatican dogmas conflict with human rights treatise, and why has the United Nations allowed this church – alone of religions and NGOs – a privileged platform to promote them?’

Geoffrey Robertson QC will bizarrely argue that ‘unless Pope Benedict XVI can divest himself of the beguilements of statehood and devotion to obsolete canon law, the Vatican will remain in grave breach of the convention on the Right of the Child and in some other respects, an enemy of human rights.’

Protect the Pope comment: Neil Addison has refuted many of Geoffrey Robertson’s misguided accusations and erroneous legal conclusions in his legal analysis, ‘A Worldwide Conspiracy? A review of Vatican documents relating to the investigation of complaints of child abuse. This significant document is available on the Protect the Pope website under the section, ‘Benedict XVI’.  It is to be hoped that the media will seek Neil Addison’s perspective when they churn up Geoffrey Robertson’s  false allegations, yet again.

(Thanks to Annalisa for bringing this to the attention of Protect the Pope).

http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2010/20100908t1830vSZT.aspx

3 comments to Geoffrey Robertson QC to launch book maligning Pope Benedict on eve of visit

  • TJW

    I don’t believe that Neil Addison is a QC but regardless of that he does present a convincing argument that Robertson’s argument is severely flawed. I wonder how Robertson is able to present such a biased argument (if his ‘Prosecute the Pope’ article is any indication) without any effect on his professional reputation. It certainly caused me to completely doubt his credibility, even on other matters that I previously respected him on.

    • admin

      TJW, thanks for the correction. I have amended my post. I hope Neil Addison’s analysis gets wider coverage, but predictably the media are ignoring it.

  • William Power

    I am a practising catholic and have just read Geoffery Robertson’s book, The case of the Pope. To those critics of the book I ask: Are or have Peadaphile prists and others who have sworn to a life of celebacy been protected from civil law for crimes against children? Is the research catalogued in the book by Robertson or his researchers no more than a pack of lies? Are bishops sworn to secrecy when they are made aware of abuses against children perpetrated by their clergy and so protected against civil prosecution?
    If not then I think it is high time the catholic church took a fesh broom to its dark and dingy corridors; reviewed and abandoned it’s celebacy policy and got back to the simple message Christ intended us to follow.
    If the church attempted to work towards being relevant in the modern world, then perhaps more of us (Catholics) might take a bit more notice of what the Pope has to say. Mind you, Mr Robertson’s book also implicates John Paul II, if what he says is true, should J.P.II really be considered for sainthood?

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