Monday, April 19, 2010

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)

That the Holy See is often treated as a state is deeply troubling, for several reasons. For one thing, the Catholic Church isn't truly a sovereign nation; to allow it to play one on the international stage perverts the meaning of statehood.

-- UCLA Law's Kal Raustiala and Lara Stemple, in a Los Angeles Times op-ed that assesses the Holy See (flag at left; prior posts) against standard measures of state sovereignty and finds it sorely lacking -- notwithstanding a Vatican official's claim that Pope Benedict XVI enjoys head-of-state immunity.

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