Dismissing Catholic abuse victims’ lawsuit, European Court of Human Rights rules Vatican cannot be sued in European courts

It was the ECHR’s first case to deal with the immunity of the Holy See, the court said.A group of 24 Belgian, French and Dutch abuse survivors attempted to sue the Holy See and Catholic Church leaders in Belgian courts beginning in 2011, but courts in that country ruled they did not have jurisdiction over the Vatican, the European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday in explaining its ruling.The abuse survivors — who said they were abused by priests when they were children — fought their way…


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