In the latest attempt to sue the Church, a US Lawyer is attempting to demand that the US State Department waive the Pope's diplomatic immunity. Daniel Shea, a Catholic educated lawyer is leading the effort to have the US ignore the usual procedures associated with the sovereignty of foreign countries by not granting the Pope diplomatic immunity. This raises some questions, first and foremost, even if the US for some reason decides to not recognize Vatican City as a sovereign country (it is), how is this going to force the Pope to show up for trial? He is the head of a foreign country, one that the US isn't eactly going to be inclined to invade to capture him. Besides which, this would involve convincing the Italians to allow us to do this. And since President Bush doesn't seem to like the idea in the first place, I just don't see this happening.
Mr. Shea surely knows that he won't be accomplishing anything with this (even the Supreme Court and the UN aren't likely to side with him on this one). No, this whole business amounts ot little more than throwing mud at the Vatican in an attempt to damge its reputation. Shea's affiliates are mostly anti-Catholic to begin with, his actions here re not more than a shallow attempt to hurt the Church in whatever way he can. Shea is the kind of scum that brings disgrace upon the legal profession.