Monday, 6 September 2010

The hidden hand of the Vatican

With Geoffrey Robertson QC planning on Wednesday to mount an absurd legal argument for the Pope to be denied Vatican sovereign immunity, there will be no shortage of discussion this week about the Holy See and its international status.

Worth pondering, then, this example from the New York Daily News of the Vatican taking advantage of its remarkable global diplomatic ties to help prevent a woman in Iran from being stoned to death. And not for the first time. Britain, which finds it hard to bring any influence to bear on Iran, has often relied on the Holy See's good offices -- not least to help with releasing 15 British sailors there in 2007. The Holy See, we understand, played a major role in that success.