So there's a big debate going on right now about what should be done about the Pope. Apparently, he was involved in covering up the sexual abuse of children. The Roman Catholic church has been jumping through hoops of all kinds to try and throw blame at anyone but themselves.
Actually, their mental gymnastics are pretty entertaining to watch, especially this bit. Apparently, everyone who doesn't approve of the Vatican condoning child abuse is secretly a pro-abortion homosexual.
Anyway, there's a huge debate going on in one of the forums I frequent about whether or not the Pope should be arrested for being an accessory to/aiding and abetting child abuse. I, personally, think that he should. He's no different than any other head of state, and he blatantly covered up hundreds of cases of child sexual abuse.
And yet there are those who defend him. Why? No other head of state would have gotten away with this, short of iron-fisted dictators, and they would probably be attacked by various military personnel before long anyway. A city-state's government - at least, one which doesn't ascribe to the aforementioned dictatorial policies - is expected to hold itself responsible for its actions. The Vatican has done the exact opposite. And the head man himself was behind it all.
If this were, say, the United States, the President would be impeached within minutes. There wouldn't even be need for a formal vote. Everyone in the country would just scream "Yo! Obama! GTFO!" and he'd be like "Fo sho rly" and get gone. Pretty much the same thing would be expected in any other decent country.
But the Vatican expects special treatment. They expect the Pope to come out of this, if not pristine, then at least only bloodied - still alive, and definitely still in office.
They aren't even prosecuting him under Vatican law, which is the least that should be expected under the circumstances. He should be taken to trial and placed before a jury. But he won't be. The Vatican is a theocracy, and the Pope is its high priest. He is the law, as far as they are concerned.
But this is clear abuse of the law to further a political agenda. The Vatican's policy was never meant to defend child molesters, and the Pope is making a mockery of that intent. If he has any decency, he will allow himself to be removed from the office - or, at the very least, placed on trial.
Him who mountain crush him no
Him who sun him stop him no
Him who hammer him break him no
Him who fire him fear him no
Him who raise him head above him heart
- Translation of troll pictograms
Terry Pratchett, Thud!