[QODLink]
Inside Story
Suing the pope
What are the long-term implications of the sex scandal on the Catholic Church?
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2010 12:58 GMT



Christopher Hitchens, a British academic, intends to take Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, to court for what he says is the long term, systematic cover-up of child sexual abuse cases inside the church.
 
Since the first report of child abuse from Germany last February, it has been swamped by similar cases from Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, the US, and Kenya. 

People are angry with the church for mishandling the cases. Pope Benedict XVI has particularly been targeted for allegedly ignoring and covering up the abuses.
 
And now the Vatican needs to deal with the international criticism after Vatican's second-in-command has linked pedophilia to homosexuality. 

Under mounting attack, the Vatican has embarked on a damage control mode over the sex abuse scandal that involved a number of priests.
 
But are the newly released guidelines enough to stem this damage? And what are the long term implications on the Catholic Church?

Inside Story is joined by Mark Stephens of the law firm Finers Stephens Innocent, who is one of the lawyers who will be seeking to prosecute the Pope, Peter Jennings, the spokesman for the Archbishop of Birmingham, and Greg Watts, an author who has written several books including Labourer in the Vineyard, a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The conservative UMP party suffers from crippling internal divisions and extreme debt from mismanagement.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
join our mailing list