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Will Anyone Put Good Money on Christopher Hitchens’ Attempt to Arrest the Pope?

Teenage bisexual Christopher Hitchens, who wears the Western world’s largest chip on his shoulder, has the brilliant idea that Pope Benedict XVI should be arrested on criminal charges (something about covering up the rapes of children?) during a visit to Britain, because really, he can’t be given diplomatic immunity if the United Nations doesn’t recognize him as a head of state. (Yes, the Vatican is its own city-state.) Father Federico Lombardi — the same guy who wants it known the church’s pedophilia-pederast scandal is only half the fault of homosexuals — says it’s all B.S. We say: Bring it on!

[Mirror, via Gawker]

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15 Comments

  • Terry Dock

    I would certainly love to see that happen. That church has a long list of crimes to account for. So does Joseph Ratzinger himself.

  • Wade MacMorrighan

    Anyone else wonder why these Priests and the Pope are not being arrested en mass, the same way in which they single-handedly brought down the Knights Templar in a single evening for, among other “charges”, “homosexuality”?

  • Jerry Priori

    If the pope is the head of a sovereign nation and Catholic priests in America ultimately report to the pope, why aren’t priests in America registered with the governments as agents working for a foreign country? I’ve always wondered about this.

    That aside, of course the institution of the Catholic church is a criminal organization; not a country. Since there is now documented proof that the horrible abuse scandal goes all the way to the top of the organization, the current pope should certainly be arrested and tried.

    I’d think the Catholic apologists (who disgust me, by the way) would love this idea. They don’t like that the international press is convicting him, so let the courts hear his case and decide if he’s guilty as charged or not.

    I think he’s an asshole either way, but my hatred of the church (and religion in general) has nothing to do with the facts that have come to light that show him to be a monster of a person, more interested in protecting the decrepit institution of the church than the lives of children who were misguidedly put in its care.

  • Cam

    The Boston Police have been trying to question Cardinal Law for years about his cover up and protection of rapist priests, but the Vatican, not only snuck him out of the states, but has been sheltering him, even letting him serve beyond mandatory retirement so he can stay on the books as a Vatican employee and have supposed diplomatic immunity.

  • christopher di spirito

    Dawkins and Hitchens are using the legal precedent successfully used to arrest the late Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinoche, when he set foot in Britain in 1998.

    If I were Pope Rat, I would not bet against the British legal system.

  • Taylor Siluwé

    Oh, I hope this works. I’d love to see the Dark Emperor answer for his high crimes against children.

  • missanthrope

    The big question is: Will Hitch be sober enough to put the cuffs on?

  • Blah

    Arrest that sick fuck.

  • JoeyD

    Oh man…all hell would break loose. I hope it happens! :-) That Nazi (quite literally too!) deserves the same treatment his Furer gave to the Jews & Gays. How lovely would it be to have him tried by a Gay Judge or the equivilent in Britain. Would be F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.

  • chris

    Oh god, I am salivating at the thought of Hitch arresting the pope.
    This guy has been one of our staunchest allies and a zealous critic of the religions that persecute us.
    It’s time ofr the big payoff.

  • Gorbeh

    I would typically be very excited by the concept of arresting the Pope but considering Catholicism is a major religious machine I can see TONS of outrage all across the world by Catholics with them feeling they are being persecuted. In the end it could do more harm than good.

  • gollygeegaygoy

    Pope Rati knew about Marcial Maciel raping children and did nothing. Only two years before Maciel’s death, when he finally suggested Maciel should ‘go and spend his days in prayer’, but did not remove him of his powers as a priest.. everything but justice. Clearly the message from the vatican is clear to everyone; it is a place to hide child torturers and rapists. Now it should be called the Ratican.

    However, I have a dream. That one day catholicism has diminished, and the parishioners have stopped piling their meagre funds into ever hungry silver plates to protect criminals, that the vatican can be sold off to the gay community of Rome, who themselves have been battered and blamed under Berlusconi and Papa Rati, and then the Vatican can be turned into a gay club. They’ve certainly already got the men in drag. They’ve already got the homoerotic paintings. All they need now is the glitter, the lights and the music. Then it could be called the Batty Can

  • Taylor Siluwé

    No. 13 · gollygeegaygoy

    Really nice dream. Imagine if it came true. How long would it take for selective memory and renewed fundamentalism to cause a backlash of believers of the mindset that satanic gays brought down the Vatican, and thus must be destroyed?

    All it would take is one charismatic soul to keep saying the lies over and over enough. As usual, the sheeple would follow …..

  • tjr101

    I have to admit it would be great theater seeing the powerful almighty pope get taken down. The sight of seeing him led off in handcuffs would be the main event of the new millenia. On the other hand he would most certainly achieve martydom in the eyes of his billion plus flock.

    The pope’s arrest can and must happen for there to be true justice for all who suffered at the hands of the church.

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