February 18th, 2013
09:55 AM ET

Could Pope Benedict be put on trial?

(CNN)–Pope Benedict XVI's resignation brings calls for his prosecution. CNN's Nic Robertson investigates the claims.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Courts • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

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  1. Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

    It would make me warm and fuzzy to see the pope hanging from a rope.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
  2. Sara Howells


    February 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  3. Bootyfunk

    click over to CNN's story on the catholic church abusing young girls. terrible.


    yes, the pope should go to prison.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  4. Alf

    God, guns and guts ! Making America great since the pilgrims landed !

    February 19, 2013 at 11:44 am |
  5. Joe

    It has amazed me for years how the Catholic hierarchy can tell us how to live moral lives when they, for the most part, are nothing more than amoral parasites. The hierarchy is about money, power, and control and making sure they keep it. What little good they di is nothing more than a smokescreen front to disguise the greater evil they do.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • LostNomad

      That's true of pretty much any anuthority figure.

      February 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  6. Survey says

    Should the pope be but on trail, this might help answer that question.

    A. If you have children and need to leave your child/ren would you trust leaving them with the pope or priest ?

    February 19, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  7. balij

    Who will succeed Him????

    Exclusive List of Top Candidates and Their Profile at


    February 19, 2013 at 9:12 am |
  8. Maureen

    You people are truly sick. The 'president' does evil constantly and is an obvious fraud while the Pope is a good, moral, gentle man. Good is bad and bad is good now...just as Isaiah prophesied.

    February 19, 2013 at 8:25 am |
    • Ephesians 5:12

      It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

      February 19, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • Morning

      Being deliberately blind to the crimes commited by your oh so noble clergy is part of the problem. Ratzinger was in charge of the cover ups for years. Maureen your willingness to see good when evil is amongst you is pathetic

      February 19, 2013 at 8:50 am |
    • Nancy

      HERE, HERE!

      February 19, 2013 at 9:02 am |
    • Nancy


      February 19, 2013 at 9:03 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What is the president doing that you think is so sinful, Maureen?

      February 19, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • Morning

      Your beloved Ratzinger prevented paedophile priests from being removed from the church and many continued their abuse of young children. Nice hero you have got there; if there is a hell your pope will join many of the other criminal popes that went before him.

      February 19, 2013 at 9:11 am |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      LOL sorry but if you believe that it is moral to cover up pedophilia, you need a better source for your moral behavior.

      February 19, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • ..

      Hey, Mo, the beloved prohet of pedophilia is your source of moral authority? You are the truly sick one.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • ..says:

      Sorry, I'm an idiot

      February 19, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • ..

      ^ ^ ^
      Pedophile apologist.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • sam stone

      What "evil" does the president do constantly?

      February 20, 2013 at 9:30 am |
  9. Varghese

    The church is paying for all sins the priets and nuns committed over the years. The cruel acts of priests in Africa and other developing countries not only costed the church in number of followers but also offered fertile soil for other religions to flourish.

    February 19, 2013 at 7:10 am |
    • Brother Maynard

      "... but also offered fertile soil for other religions to flourish."
      Wonderful ... out of the pan ... into the fire.

      February 19, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • Saraswati

      @@Brother, almost anything beats uncontrolled fertility when you look at the long run picture. We need to combat religions that set up environments that discourage women from working (certain forms of islam), political systems that breed poverty or encourage out of control reproduction, and religions such as Catholicism that restrict access to family planning measures that are realistic for most of the population. If we screw up the population numbers, we've lost, no matter what else we do.

      I always laugh when I see a suburban mothe with 4 kids driving a hybrid and doing recycing. Sure, don't stop, but if you really wanted to make a dent you would have stopped at least two kids ago and be living in the city.

      February 19, 2013 at 8:17 am |
    • sam stone

      How do you know that the church is paying for ALL the sins?

      Do you believe that ALL of them are known?

      February 20, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 19, 2013 at 6:51 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!~

      February 19, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  11. kevobx

    From darkness to the light? *Jeremiah 4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: *Isaiah 8:22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness. *Luke 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. *Isaiah 24:17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitants of the earth. *John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. *Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. *John 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:25 am |
    • Science

      The END IS NEAR and HERE !!! as the heavens drop the CARBON OUT !

      A War Without End, With Earth's Carbon Cycle Held in the Balance

      Feb. 13, 2013 — The greatest battle in Earth's history has been going on for hundreds of millions of years – it isn't over yet – and until now no one knew it existed, scientists reported Feb. 13 in the journal Nature.



      February 19, 2013 at 6:36 am |
  12. kevobx

    People are angred and hurting because of lies? *Jeremiah 8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; *Lamentations 5:10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. *Job 30:30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat. *Revelation 2:18 These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

    February 19, 2013 at 5:48 am |
    • HotAirAce

      What lies?

      February 19, 2013 at 7:43 am |
    • Morning

      Watched Mea Maxima Culpa. If the ICC does not place charges against Ratzinger there is no justice. It would be even worse if the secret docu*ments held by the Congregation Doctrine of Faith are revealed. Even without that revelation, Ratzinger was the head of the cover up for years and knew more about the crimes than anybody else in the vatican. It will be intresring to see how this plays out, will the power and influence of the church be able to quash all the charges?

      PS: The RCC should have to show this film in every church around the world, that would be just. Thanks again for your info.

      February 19, 2013 at 8:02 am |
    • Science

      Just a preview for url to watch on line click on the youtube icon .



      February 19, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • Science

      Oops try this copy and paste


      February 19, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Morning, you are welcome! I agree with your comments. Either Pope-A-Dope is guilty or the filmmaker gets charged with slander, libel, etc. – no middle ground.

      kevobx, what lies are you referring to?

      February 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  13. Science

    The other half (creation/ID) was on trail and LOST.

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    February 19, 2013 at 5:33 am |
  14. Carmen Farrugia

    This resignation came as a big surprise. The pope was already old when he became pope, so why resign now ? I am sure that there is much more to this story, that we don't know about and probably never will. As a Roman Catholic this news shocked me and I seriously believe that his resignation is not by his own choice. We shall never know the truth behind this story. Only the people in the Vatican know t he truth

    February 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
    • Hubert

      Why would you willingly be part of an organization which you believe obfuscates the truth from its members?

      February 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • Incontinentia Buttocks

      That's really creepy. I wouldn't be a part of an organization like that.

      February 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Cat Holic

      Opus Dei ? They are really creepy

      February 18, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • John Flint

      @Herbert "Why would you willingly be part of an organization which you believe obfuscates the truth from its members?"

      How is that any different than being an American citizen? Your politicians obfuscate the truth from you ALL the time...both parties!!

      February 19, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • ..

      Joh, what a fucking dim comparison! When was the last time your 8 year old son was raped because of a policy made by a politician that you disagreed with? Moron.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • ..

      I'm a moron

      February 19, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  15. dangeroustalk

    Pope arrest unlikely – http://exm.nr/11PDI7N

    February 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
  16. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Guess Lie4ever couldn't come up with any rebuttal.

    February 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  17. End Religion

    I can't see any justice coming to the pope unless he misses his monthly mafia nut.

    February 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • Burt Ernieslover

      Nah. He let the Vatican bank launder their money like he was supposed to, so they won't whack him.

      Hey did you see that the Vatican can finally take credit cards again – they had to stop before because of the massive money laundering of their bank.. Seriously.

      February 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • End Religion

      Yes, I saw they began taking cards again the day after Pope announced retirement.

      February 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • .

      And they circumvented the law by going to a Swiss bank. Ignoring the law in favor of $? Shocking.

      February 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      All allegations. There is no truth to these malicious rumors.

      February 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • Zingo

      You haven't been paying attention, have you SOC Puppet.

      February 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Fact is, buncha g@ys infiltrated the church and did their thing. Too bad they were not exposed and thrown out of the church.

      February 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • Zingo

      Yeah, a bunch of gays infiltrated the church. Right. That's just he kind of thing gays would do, spend decades of their life hidden in an organization that hates them.

      Nice thinking, brainiac!

      February 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • OTOH

      "All allegations. There is no truth to these malicious rumors."

      Ah, a budding skeptic, eh? You might try applying this philosophy to your ancient Middle Eastern Hebrew delicious and seductive supernatural rumors, and those of early 1st century Christian cult members...

      February 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Akira

      SOC, do you bother reading any of the stories here? CNN just did a story on the credit card scandal like, what, last week?
      And as for your ridiculous assertion about gay priests...please look up the difference between gay and pedophile. I know you've been told this; remaining willfully ignorant is no way to go through life.

      February 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
    • End Religion

      I like SOC's delusion that there is this invisible barrier which keeps gays away from things. They must "infiltrate" the defenses. SOC doesn't realize gay folks are ALL around him, right now.

      February 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • End Religion

      Well, time for me to admit that I'm really Catholic and just trying to stir everyone up by making up bogus comments. Sorry!

      February 19, 2013 at 11:16 am |

  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjVLJKR6g7U

    February 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  19. Milton


    February 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
  20. Sara Howells


    February 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
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