March 31st, 2010

Pope to be Deposed? (How, exactly, do you mean that?)

Depose is a funny verb. It can mean removing someone from a throne, or it can mean testifying under oath. (Merriam-Webster)

For Pope Benedict XVI it now has both meanings. His testimony is sought in the ongoing priest sexual abuse scandal where he wants to shield himself. And there are people calling for his removal.

And that’s a circumstance you just don’t see too often. OK, maybe not ever before. And that makes it worth noting.

More here:
Will the Pope Be Deposed? Not If the Vatican Can Help It (WSJ Law Blog)