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. pbuotte

    Religions are like a penis and should NOT be forced children's throats.....

    February 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  2. Answerman

    ...and, NO. The pope cannot be put on trial in the USA. Both the pope and the Israeli MOSSAD enjoy diplomatic immunity and so all that can happen if crimes are committed is deportation.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Frank

      Sorry pal, but there is no such thing as "diplomatic immunity" for popes that engaged in a longlasting deliberate coverup of numerous instances of child molestation.

      February 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  3. Answerman

    @Mark Twaim...you were not created in God's image. In fact, you were born thousands of years after God had created everything and so are not part of His creation.
    Your parents concieved you, not God. That's why you resemble your parents rather than God.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Jen

      Answerman, if you also resemble your parents and take after them, well, they must be pretty stupid folk.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • Fladabosco

      I am agnostic and don't believe anyone is smart enough or connected enough to really know what god is or what god wants – or what god isn't or doesn't want. How do you know who or what created that person? Or as religious people would say, then what created the parents and gave them the magic ingredients that make a baby. I wouldn't claim to know.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:14 am |
    • Science

      Curve ball No god(s) required answerman

      Red Brain, Blue Brain: Republicans and Democrats Process Risk Differently, Research Finds

      Feb. 13, 2013 — A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers. The new study suggests that while genetics or parental influence may play a significant role, being a Republican or Democrat changes how the brain functions.


      February 22, 2013 at 5:30 am |
  4. Nietodarwin

    “The reason people use a crucifix against vampires is because vampires are allergic to bullspit.”
    _ Richard Pryor
    If god created man in his own image, how come I'm not invisible?”
    _ David Powers

    February 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
  5. Nietodarwin

    I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
    Bertrand Russell

    Religion. It`s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.
    Charlie Chaplin

    It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
    Mark Twain

    February 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  6. Nietodarwin

    Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
    Isaac Asimov

    There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.
    Richard Lederer

    Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
    Seneca the Younger 4 b.c.- 65 a.d.

    February 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
  7. FubarObama

    Yes he should be put on trial, when Obama is indicted.

    February 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • Fladabosco

      For being an uppity man of color. If you want to talk about presidents who should be in jail that discussion has to start with Bush/Cheney.

      February 22, 2013 at 5:16 am |
  8. EX catholic

    Atheists are as dense as Idolaters. Neither is able to discern the Difference between and Idol and God. For the Papists, Romanists, Idolaters their Freak Pope is Infallible. For the atheists science and scientists are infallible.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • End Religion

      Lemme guess.... you don't know what science is, do you?

      February 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • EX catholic

      End Religion,

      Oh, but for sure you do righ? No wonder Atheists and Idolaters are equally foolish!

      February 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
    • End Religion

      OK, so we know you don't understand science. Lemme guess.... you don't really know what Christianity is, do you? Or rather, I should say you probably think you're the ONLY one who knows the truth of Christianity, eh?

      February 22, 2013 at 2:51 am |
  9. EX catholic

    Atheists and Idolaters are in the same boat, just rowing in different directions but in the same muddy waters and their little row boat has a hole in the bottom and is sinking in the miry mud.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • End Religion

      Lemme guess... you haven't seen all the data showing religion diminishing around the world, and as usual, you're just making stuff up?

      February 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
  10. EX catholic

    Is this an Idolaters blog or what? One week already and there hasn't been nothing else in the blog, than the Pope this and the Pope that, the Pope here and the Pope there. Enough is enought!

    Like I said before and I'll say it again IDOLATRY IS NOT a Religion, Idolatry is a SINFUL SIN.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • End Religion

      Lemme guess... a sinful sin is extra sinful? Can you explain the various levels of sin for us, and please also point to anyplace in the bible to help us understand how you arrived at the conclusions in your Excel sin chart.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
    • EX catholic

      End religion,

      If you don't Understand something so simple, then you're more than a simpleton. It would be a Total Waste of time to even begin to try to explain to you. Even an Orangutan would Understand that.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • End Religion

      Lemme guess.... extra sinfully sinful sins have something to do with random capitalization?

      February 22, 2013 at 2:49 am |
    • HotAirAce

      It's good to release all that anger at your imaginary gods. . .

      February 22, 2013 at 2:59 am |
  11. EX catholic

    Atheist and Idolaters are equal fools.

    February 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • *

      * the plural of 'atheist' is 'atheists'

      February 22, 2013 at 3:52 am |
    • *bright

      @ *

      Single quotation marks are only used for a quote within a quote. Next time use double quotation marks.


      February 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
  12. Atheism is healthy for everyone -pets too!

    Prayer is just a time-sucker-upper.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:41 am |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 21, 2013 at 7:33 am |
    • snopes says

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things" is unfounded.
      "Prayer changes things" is unfounded.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:22 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 21, 2013 at 8:36 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      This is inaccurate wouldn't you agree? Especially when the data shows that atheists tend to have happier and healthier marriages than conservative Christians.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:45 am |
    • as always

      atheist is a liar

      February 21, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  14. kevobx

    Christ he is the vine, the word of God. And Satan himself is divine who speaks through voices, visions and dreams. Who are the gods? *Isaiah 44:17-18 And the residue thereof he make a god, even in his image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. *2nd Corinthians 4:4-5 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; *Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. *Matthew 1:2 and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; *Genesis 42:8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. *Psalm 77:15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

    February 20, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • Science

      Separation of church and state

      New science standards created by 26 states (majority) for 2013 and beyond,, .. It is called Stem standards for public schools....

      No god(s) required
      By the way creatoin/ID LOST DEPUNKED at the Dover trial in 2005


      No god(s) required for graduation n the US

      February 21, 2013 at 7:30 am |
  15. Morning

    Since most of the christian types will avoid warching Mea Maxima Culpa and the many other expose docu*mentries about the RCC here is one point I found relevant in the film. The maker pointed out that the RCC being a fraternal hierarchy orginization has many similarities to the police and military where the practice of protecting each others back, to the point of perjury, even when their fellows have committed crimes. This practice is one that is also followed in orginizations like the Masons. The term "omerta" was also used to describe the practice of silence in the RCC, the same code that the Mafia uses, not surprising.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • Patrick Kelley

      Very interesting post. Thought-provoking. Although times change, and I'm NOT insinuating that the Catholic Church remains so today: it is not generally acknowledged that for nearly 700 years the Church was rife with corruption, greed, murder, and vice. As an author, that side of things fascinates me – as does the origin of Catholicism. (My specialty is short horror) My work, SECRET ARMIES (on Kindle) might interst you. Send me your thoughts.

      February 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  16. Hans Geiger

    I don't watch a video with a such long advertising

    February 20, 2013 at 7:53 am |
  17. EGO Culpa

    The only justice that old Ratzinger will probably face is his resignation.

    February 20, 2013 at 7:45 am |
  18. Reality

    " Fools Awake!

    O fools, awake! The rites ye sacred hold

    Are but a cheat contrived by men of old

    Who lusted after wealth and gained their lust

    And died in baseness-and their law is dust."


    February 20, 2013 at 7:38 am |
    • Patrick Kelley

      Never saw it stated better. Anywhere. Well done!

      February 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  19. HotAirAce

    So, how many believers have dared watch Mea Maxima Culpa, and what do you think?

    February 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      No one! I am not surprised.

      February 20, 2013 at 1:13 am |
  20. kevobx

    Do birds flock together, only with their ownkind, like man and beast the raven & dove. *1st Timothy 5:15 For some are already turned aside after Satan. *Isaiah 44:20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? *Psalm 109:6 Set thou a wicked over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. *Ecclesiastes 10:20 for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. *Jonah 3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God:

    February 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • End Religion

      Hey, you crazy bastard, how are ya?

      February 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
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