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Frivolous Lawsuit of the Month

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:58 pm
by Ralph
From CBS News:

Pope Sued, Accused Of Sex Coverup
ROME, August 17, 2005


A lawyer who's suing Pope Benedict for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of children by a seminarian says he'll challenge U.S. diplomatic recognition of the Vatican if the pope is given immunity as a head of state.

In the Texas civil lawsuit, Joseph Ratzinger -- now Pope Benedict -- is accused of conspiring with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to cover up the abuse of three boys during the mid-1990s.

Attorney Daniel Shea, who's representing one of three boys suing the pope, told reporters in Rome that President Bush should ignore a Vatican request to confirm Benedict's immunity.

Otherwise, Shea says he'll challenge the constitutionality of U.S. recognition of the Vatican as a sovereign state, although similar court challenges have failed in the past.

Re: Frivolous Lawsuit of the Month

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:17 pm
by Corlyss_D
Ralph wrote: Otherwise, Shea says he'll challenge the constitutionality of U.S. recognition of the Vatican as a sovereign state, although similar court challenges have failed in the past.
What's the legal basis for the challenge?

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:49 pm
by jbuck919
My poor friend Joseph Ratzinger--he never really wanted this job. He will now be slayed by the Traditional Catholic movement, when in fact he and I should be shut in a room so that he might teach me proper Bavarian German while we perform Mozart four-hand pieces on his Steinway.

Re: Frivolous Lawsuit of the Month

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:17 am
by Ralph
Corlyss_D wrote:
Ralph wrote: Otherwise, Shea says he'll challenge the constitutionality of U.S. recognition of the Vatican as a sovereign state, although similar court challenges have failed in the past.
What's the legal basis for the challenge?
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There isn't any. U.S. decisions to recognize a foreign entity are nonjusticiable.