Critics of the Pope also have an eye for
commercial spin-offs. The brand-new website Put the Pope In Jail is offering T-shirts,
buttons, magnets and coffee mugs with a distinctive logo. Prices are
reasonable: a water bottle for US$26.99 and T-shirts for $34.99. Ten percent of
the proceeds go to the Survivors
Network of those Abused by Priests
. The website has an outline of
its aims – to dismantle the Catholic Church:

It has been documented that Members of the
Catholic Church have committed Crimes Against Humanity – specifically the
sexual, physical and psychological abuse of minors. This has been taking place
not in isolated areas, but on a global scale. The Vatican has knowingly made
efforts to hide this truth from state authorities – as well as its own people.

Protected by the principals [sic] of
Religious Freedom – not to mention tax exemption – the Catholic Church has been
free to continue these heinous acts with impunity. The Vatican has been
recognized as a sovereign city-state since 1929. Considering its standing in
the Global Community, and its despicable behavior, it is time for a UN
Resolution to place the Vatican under House Arrest and bring these people to
trial.

Michael Cook

Michael Cook is the editor of MercatorNet.