[quote=Steven Merten]If someone breaks down your front door barges in and rapes your son while you are eating your dinner, would it be a crime if you did not set down your knife and spoon long enough to call 911?
Yes, but only because there is a status relationship which is recognized by law - parent/child. There is no such status relationship for priest/Chuch member at common law. Another option for criminal (or civil) liability would be a statutorily defined duty to protect for a class of persons, which of course, with a priest, there isn’t. In that regard (and outside of Confession), the priest is merely a citizen and is not under any obligation to rescue. Additionally, if the facts were such that the priest reasonably feared for his own safety and making any sort of rescue attempt would have reasonable endangered him further, there is no duty to rescue or aid. If you want to argue the law should hold the Holy Father accountable, come prepared to argue the law.
So, yes, in your example there would be a legal obligation and criminal liability. In the priest scenario outside of the priest’s residence (invitee status of the assult victim being another question), there would not be.
When the police come to the house, could not your son have a justifiable greivance that you did nothing while he was being raped?
Again - status relationship is determinite here. Without a legally recognized status relationship, there is no claim under nonfeasance.
Did the Pope, do this toward thousands/ tens of thousands of young victims or did he not?
He did not.
If he didn’t know, he didn’t know.
He didn’t know.
If he did know and did not at least use his world mass media to warn Catholic Parents, is there guilt?
To whom much is given, much is expected. There would be guilt before God, but not before a judge.
I do not want the Pope sued if he is not guilty.
Good, then you don’t want the Pope sued.
I just want to know that he is accountable to justice for his actions in the same way every man is.
He, like all of us, is accountable to God. He is not accountable to a slanderous internet poster with an apparent vendetta.
Did Pope John Paul II sit by idly, with full knowledge, while children were being raped?