SUIT AGAINST THE VATICAN
walen at EARTHLINK.NET
Thu Apr 4 19:19:42 PST 2002
On Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 06:31 PM, David E. Guinn wrote:
Does this mean that the Catholic Church in America ought to be treated
as the agent of a foreign government?
I would venture to say no on two grounds. First, the level of control
isn't as high as in a normal agency relationship, even though the RCA is
not a separate congregational entity. I don't know much about church
organization, but I imagine that the organization is better described as
one in which lesser church leaders are charged with acting within
certain rules and guidelines, but as independent agents pursuing a
shared goal, rather than as agents for the Pope as the principal.
Second, the Vatican is a government over a small territory, but it's
influence outside that territory is only that of a religious order.
> Suit Accuses Vatican Of Sex Cover-Up
> What I find very interesting is the suggestion that the suit against
> the Vatican will be defended on the grounds of sovereign immunity.
> While I think I understand that rationale, does this mean that the
> Catholic Church in America ought to be treated as the agent of a
> foreign government? It is clearly impossible to argue that the RCA is
> a separate congregational entity given the dominating control exercised
> by the Vatican. Or is it possible to disagregate the governmental and
> religious roles of the Vatican? Ideas?
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