Russell Shorto

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Cross to Bear

February 11th, 2013

As Benedict becomes the first pope in six centuries to resign, it may be of interest to read the formal petition to the International Criminal Court, by the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, that he, along with other Vatican officials, be tried “for rape and other forms of sexual violence as crimes against humanity.” I don’t think many seriously expect the petition to succeed, but the Center for Constitutional Rights, its co-filer, says Ratzinger’s status as a layman “may make international prosecution easier.” The petition can be found here.