Can Ex-Pope Benedict be Sued for the Sex Abuse Cases?
Andrew Sullivan raises the stakes on the legal effect of the Pope’s retirement decision. As the Pope emeritus, can he now be sued in connection with his role in the sex abuses cases against the Catholic Church? I can already see a lot of problems such a suit would present, and I am writing on the go today, but what do OJ readers think? Does an ex-Pope retain head-of-state immunity?
For a full take on the canon law implications of the resignation, see my colleague Mark Movsesian’s analysis at CLR Forum here.