September 9, 2010

Contra Critics, Vatican Is a Real State

Austen Ivereigh, The Guardian

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Geoffrey Robertson's case against recognising the Holy See as a state falls with an elementary error of fact

Geoffrey Robertson QC will seek tonight to persuade a lecture audience at the LSE that the Vatican isn't deserving of diplomatic recognition, that its claims to statehood are risible, and that – which is why this matters –it uses its status as a state to take refuge from international law and to cover up clerical sex abuse crimes.

After a good old chortle at the 1929 Lateran Pact, which the Church signed with Mussolini – a sordid business, as...

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TAGGED: Pope Benedict, Vatican

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