Following on the heels of a rather confusing and regrettable action yesterday, the Vatican further sullies its image today by saying it can – and will – prove that it isn’t liable for the sexual abuse of minors by priests in the U.S.
Now, before you get your panties in a wad, know that, like all countries and businesses, the Vatican has lawyers, and lawyers, whom I believe have been placed by Dante in the third level of hell, have a job to do. That job is to protect the vested interest of their clients. In this case, the vested interests of the Vatican are quite broad and are not, as some might assume, solely the archives or the artwork. The vested interests are all the millions of people the Church helps via its charitable arms.
Thus, the argument goes, if one victim of clergy sexual abuse is able to sue the Vatican for millions, then it will open the doors to hundreds more and pretty soon, the good the Church does will simply stop for lack of money. S0, for all those who think I’m criticizing the Vatican’s action because I don’t know my nose from my naval, rest assured, I understand what is at stake. I also understand the legal arguments and how the Vatican can, as a nation-state, attempt to claim diplomatic immunity in this case. (more…)