Pope faces extradition for complicity in sex crimes

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Pope faces extradition for complicity in sex crimes

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:52 pm

Here is something I found on traditio.com, a site for ultra-traditionalist Catholics who have separated themselves in a juridical sense from Rome. I go there every once and a while for pure amusement.

A "Titanic Legal Victory" against Newvatican:
U.S. Federal Judge Strips Benedict-Ratzinger of Diplomatic Immunity
Case against Newpope for Concealing Sex Crimes Can Proceed
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Benedict-Ratzinger, Benedict XVI, must Face the Music in U.S. Federal Court for Sex-crime Cover-up. Judge Rules that the Case against Newpope and Newvatican can Proceed; Pope Is not Immune

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A United States federal judge in Portland, Oregon, ruled on June 7 that a sex-crimes lawsuit against Newvatican can move forward with its claim that Newpope bears responsibility for a presbyter who was transferred from city to city even though he was known to be a child molester. The judge rule that Newvatican did "not offer evidence to contradict this allegation of its involvement in transferring a known child-molester."

In a stunning blow to Newvatican's attempt to exculpate itself from sex crimes on the basis of "diplomatic immunity," U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman rule in his decision that there are exceptions to the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, under which the Vatican is typically immune from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts. Rejecting Newvatican's bid to dismiss the case, Mosman ruled that there was enough of a connection between the Vatican and the presbyter, who died in 1992, for him to be considered a Newvatican employee under Oregon law.

Attorney Jeffrey Anderson of St. Paul, Minnesota, who filed the lawsuit, called the judge's ruling a "titanic legal victory." Anderson said it was "the first time any court has held or acknowledged there is a basis in law to hold the pope accountable for cover-up and concealment and this international movement of predatory priests [Newchurch presbyters]."

The lawsuit filed in 2002 by a Seattle-area man claims that Newvatican, the archdiocese of Portland, and the archbishop of Chicago conspired to protect the a presbyter by moving him from Ireland to Chicago to Portland despite a history of sex crimes. In the ruling, the judge noted that the presbyter had admitted to sex crimes at the archdiocese of Armagh in Ireland before he was moved to St. Philip's High School in Chicago, where he admitted to attacking three boys. The presbyter was then placed at St. Albert's Church in Portland, where the plaintiff claims that the presbyter repeatedly attacked him in the late 1960s.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:08 pm

A symbolic victory that the Appellate Court will turn to ashes.

Judge: Suit against Vatican can proceed

WILLIAM McCALL
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a sex abuse lawsuit against the Vatican can move forward with its claim that the Holy See bears responsibility for a priest who was transferred from city to city even though he was known to be a molester.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman said in his decision that there are exceptions to the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, under which the Vatican is typically immune from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.

Rejecting the Vatican's bid to dismiss the case, Mosman ruled that there was enough of a connection between the Vatican and the priest, who died in 1992, for him to be considered a Vatican employee under Oregon law.

No one has ever successfully sued the Vatican over molestation by Roman Catholic priests and some legal experts have dismissed such lawsuits as publicity stunts.

Attorney Jeffrey Anderson of St. Paul, Minn., who frequently represents abuse victims and who filed the lawsuit, called Mosman's ruling a "titanic legal victory."

Anderson said it was "the first time any court has held or acknowledged there is a basis in law to hold the Holy See accountable for cover up and concealment and this international movement of predatory priests."

But Jeffrey Lena, the Holy See's attorney in the lawsuit, noted the judge rejected two other arguments for granting U.S. courts jurisdiction over the Vatican. "This decision does not establish jurisdiction over the Holy See, let alone establish liability," Lena said.

He pointed out the plaintiff still "must prove facts sufficient to support granting jurisdiction on the sole remaining argument." Lena declined to say whether the Vatican would appeal.

The lawsuit filed in 2002 by a Seattle-area man claims the Vatican, the Archdiocese of Portland and the archbishop of Chicago conspired to protect the Rev. Andrew Ronan by moving him from Ireland to Chicago to Portland despite a history of abuse.

In the ruling, Mosman noted that Ronan admitted to sexual abuse at the Archdiocese of Armagh in Ireland before he was moved to St. Philip's High School in Chicago, where he admitted to abusing three boys. Ronan was then placed at St. Albert's Church in Portland, where the plaintiff claims Ronan repeatedly abused him in the late 1960s.

Mosman wrote that the Holy See did "not offer evidence to contradict this allegation of its involvement in transferring a known child-molester."

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Eds: In a previous version of this story The Associated Press erroneously reported the death year of the Rev. Andrew Ronan. He died in 1992, not 1970, according to the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:12 pm

The Vatican appealled the next day.

Vatican to appeal immunity ruling to Ninth Circuit
Joshua Pantesco at 2:27 PM ET

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[JURIST] The Vatican [official website] has filed an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit seeking to overturn this week's decision by a district court judge to allow a clergy abuse lawsuit to proceed [JURIST report] that names the Holy See as a defendant. US District Judge Michael Mosman refused to dismiss a clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive] lawsuit naming the Vatican as the defendant, despite the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act [text] which generally protects nations from being sued in the US. Mosman ruled that Rev. Andrew Ronan, the priest involved in the lawsuit, was an employee of the Vatican under Oregon law and noted that under exceptions to FSIA, states are not protected when they engage in commercial or certain harmful activities in the United States. Other federal courts have refused to allow suits against the Vatican and the Pope to proceed - a federal court in Kentucky dismissed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Vatican [JURIST report] last October, ruling that the Holy See is a foreign state entitled to immunity protections under the act, and, in December, a federal judge in Texas held that the Pope enjoys immunity as the head of the Vatican [JURIST report].

The lawsuit [complaint, PDF] alleges that the Vatican, the Archdiocese of Portland and the archbishop of Chicago conspired to transfer Ronan from Ireland to Chicago to Portland with the knowledge that he had a history of sexual abuse. The plaintiff claims he was molested by Ronan as a teenager while Ronan was located in Portland. AP has more.
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Post by Ralph » Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:48 pm

This is a civil case. There is no concept of extradition even between states much less from sovereign nations. I'm sure the pontiff's mind has been made restful by advice from Vatican lawyers that this case is going nowhere.
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