Let's see it was all of June 28th that I predicted that in the wake of the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the Vatican's appeal in Doe v. Holy See that Jeff Anderson would seek to depose the Pope, over the weekend the LA Times reported that Jeff Anderson has announced that at the first opportunity he will seek to depose, Guess Who?
Under the caption, Pope Benedict to be Deposed, the American Catholic reports:
"The most evil inspired man in the world, attorney Jeffrey Anderson, plans to 'sue the sh-t out of [the Catholic Church] everywhere'. Because the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Vatican, a court case will move forward allowing for the Vatican to be sued.
'I have known for 25 years that all roads lead to Rome,' said Jeff Anderson, the Minnesota attorney who represents the plaintiff. 'This is the beginning for us of a new journey, a uniquely difficult odyssey.'Anderson, who has represented hundreds of abuse victims and has tried for years to sue the Vatican, said he hoped to persuade a judge that he should be allowed to depose Vatican officials.
Jeffrey Lena, the American attorney for the Holy See, argued the Vatican is not responsible for individual priests in dioceses, saying the existence of the priest in the case 'was unknown to the Holy See until after all the events in question.'
The original lawsuit, John V. Doe v. Holy See, was filed in 2002 by a Seattle-area man who said the Rev. Andrew Ronan repeatedly molested him in the late 1960s.
'The Holy See does not pay the salary of the priest, or benefits of the priest, or exercise day-to-day control over the priest, and any of the other factors indicating the presence of an employment relationship,' Lena said.
Saint Paul, Minnesota attorney Jeffrey Anderson also added that he will depose Pope Benedict once the opportunity presents itself."
Shows precisely where the editors of American Catholic come down on values. It's not the sexual predators, it's an American civil lawyer who has spent the better part of his working life holding sexual predators accountable that is "the most evil inspired man in the world." You would have thought maybe Adolph Hitler or Pol Pot would have headed the list before Jeffrey Anderson.
Jeffrey Anderson slept in my house, and borrowed some of my athletic clothes to go for a run--not once did I denote any sign of evil. In fact the garment that he borrowed laundered up, real nice without any sign of Satanic staining.
In all seriousness, Jeffrey Anderson is a fine lawyer and a great man. I hope he accomplishes the goal of deposing the Pope Benedict, and that henceforth, the Church remembers that it can not without consequence enable then turn a blind eye to child sex abuse by priests.