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ECHR: Vatican can't be sued in European courts by sex abuse victims
The plaintiffs are seeking to hold Belgian and Vatican church leaders accountable for the "structurally deficient manner in which the Church had dealt with the problem of sexual abuse within its ranks," the court said in a news release (EN). The judgment was available only in French.  
However, the European Court of Human Rights said the Belgian courts had not erred in shooting down their claims against the Vatican because the Belgian courts "had not departed from the generally recognized principles of international law in matters of State immunity."
The dissenting opinion by Judge Darian Pavli buttresses the plaintiffs' chances of getting a grand chamber hearing. Pavli faulted the Belgian courts for not adequately examining the plaintiffs' claims that the Holy See may have been responsible for ordering Belgian bishops to cover up rape and molestation by clergy.
by Cat on Tue Oct 12th, 2021 at 05:57:17 PM EST
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