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Supreme Court decision to refuse immunity of Vatican for priest sexual abusers could be far-reaching 
This week the US supreme court issued a decision against the Vatican the importance of which has been compared by one lawyer to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

That may sound like an exaggeration, but the court's decision that the Vatican does not have legal immunity in a claim of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest could have far-reaching ramifications for the church.
"But the real issue in the case has been immunity. The Vatican attempted to invoke the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) of 1976, under which foreign states cannot be sued. The supreme court refused to allow this." -- The Guardian, July 1, 2010

Britain's news outlet The Guardian reported yesterday of one lawyer calling the Supreme Court decision comparable to the fall of the Berlin wall.

Read the entire article 'Without its immunity, can the Vatican survive?' in yesterday's UK Guardian ...

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