An interesting little article has revealed that the Vatican has been using its sovereign status to conduct actual trials, including one of a fake priest trying to hear confessions in the Vatican and a drug case. Who knows a television executives might soon discover “Vatican Court” and the new reality based program.
Judge Gianluigi Marrone recently noted that his tribunal has tried a man for pretending to be a priest and hearing confession – though he did not supply information on the sentence. Last year, the tribunal gave a four-month suspended sentence to a former employee in a drug case.
Coping a plea in the Vatican court would be daunting. The terms for restitution could be pretty stiff. As the place that invented the role of the Devil’s Advocate, it can’t be all bad.
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