21 responses

  1. Lindoro Almaviva
    February 19, 2013

    He could still be tried and convicted in absentia. That would surely make a bigger statement. Having the Vatican harbor a convicted felon might even force them to face the reality of what they have done.

  2. Marcus
    February 19, 2013

    Typo: His former name was Ratzinger. (And word is he won’t go back to it.)

  3. George A
    February 19, 2013

    Too bad Spandau has been demolished; ‘twould have been the perfect retirement spot.

  4. CPT_Doom
    February 19, 2013

    Sadly I fear the only real threat of prosecution Ratzinger faced was due to the Vatican bank scandal and not the ongoing cover up of rape. For those crimes, comprising the largest criminal conspiracy in human history, Joey and his fellow church leaders will continue to enjoy th protection their exalted status conveys.

  5. Timothy Kincaid
    February 19, 2013

    Thanks Marcus

  6. Soren456
    February 19, 2013

    He has said that he will “feel safer” living within the Vatican. An interesting statement, for sure, but I think that that’s really the whole of it for him.

    Elsewhere (Germany? Italy?), he would face a greater risk of physical attack, or kidnap for ransom, or any number of other genuine threats. These worries are minimal inside the Vatican.

    As for legal difficulties, these will complicate the rest of his life. But he has clearly lived within a bubble and among yes-men, and unless something much bigger than has already been charged is in the works, I doubt that he ever thinks of those possibilities, or even knows of them.

  7. Bill T.
    February 19, 2013

    If an Islamic nation had committed the crimes that Catholic priests committed, we would already have declared war and commenced carpet bombings. It’s not too late to send in the drones and level the Vatican.

  8. Victor
    February 19, 2013

    It is about time the rest of the world called the Vatican for what it is: the world’s largest organized crime syndicate. Extortion, slavery, human trafficking, prostitution, sexual exploitation of children, racketeering, money laundering, blackmail, grand theft, conspiracy, murder, torture, rape and the list goes on.

    Don’t destroy the buildings or the art though; the Vatican would make a fine museum. Just relocate the inhabitants to a prison. Something decorated in late Inquisition perhaps.

  9. Timothy (TRiG)
    February 19, 2013

    As Fred Clark pointed out recently, it’s only 17 years ago that the Catholic Church had slaves.

    Yes, in 1996, Bill Clinton was president, Yahoo’s search-engine was two years old, and the Roman Catholic Church had slaves.


  10. MattNYC
    February 19, 2013

    Sadly, he’ll most likely die of old age NOT in a prison cell. Too bad we can’t dump him and the unchained war criminals, W., Cheney, Kissinger (is he REALLY still a free man 40 frigging years after his crimes???), Assad, and friends in a deep dark pit somewhere.

    It’s tough sometimes not believing in heaven or hell. :-/ I sorta believe in Karma, though, so I guess I’ll have to be happy with that.

  11. Steve
    February 19, 2013

    He should also be tried for the genocidal campaign they are waging in Africa where they have probably killed hundreds of thousands by telling them that condoms are ineffective and can even cause AIDS.

  12. gar
    February 19, 2013

    Those Palpatine-esque photos of him really freak me out.

  13. AyameTan
    February 20, 2013

    One addendum: the former Pope covered up child RAPE, not simply child molestation.

  14. Hue-Man
    February 20, 2013

    Steve: Joe Rat.’s murder of thousands through his lies about condoms gets a free pass in the West while Pakistani fundamentalist Muslims are criticized for attacking polio vaccine staff and de-railing the (ultimate) extinction of polio. Both are equally heinous and free from factual basis. One believes it’s a secret American plot to kill Pakistanis and the other believes spirits will persecute condom-users for trying to avoid a horrible death (from HIV and other STDs).

  15. Snowman
    February 20, 2013

    I find it inappropriate to compare Catholic Priests to Sith Lords.

    Seriously, there are certain things Sith Lords just won’t do…

  16. gar
    February 20, 2013

    Snowman: I stand corrected!

  17. Mark F.
    February 20, 2013

    It’s one thing to lie about condoms, but you can’t argue that not having sex is not effective against getting HIV.

  18. Ryan
    February 21, 2013

    True, Mark F. You also can’t argue that not driving is not effective against getting in a car accident. Doesn’t make it any less stupid to say.

  19. Rob Tisinai
    February 21, 2013

    Mark F, here’s an important distinction: the difference between “not having sex” and “trying not to have sex.” We’re stuck with the latter, and it’s got a high failure rate.

    I remember a columnist in 80s or early 90s once wrote: “Vow of abstinence break more often than condoms.”

  20. Donny D.
    February 24, 2013

    I’ll bet that vows of abstinence break FAR more often than condoms do.

    The Catholic Church has grossly exaggerated the failure (breakage) rate of condoms. Which I think is a truly evil thing to do.

    (In my experience, while condom breakage is always possible, it’s unusual if the condom is treated with a bit of respect.)

    It’s nice to think that Ratzi could become the international travel pariah that Augusto Pinochet did. :)

  21. Priya Lynn
    February 24, 2013

    “I’ll bet that vows of abstinence break FAR more often than condoms do.”

    Love that pithy observation.

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