In the Republic of Ireland, they are so sick of the Vatican that some MPs are calling for the expulsion of the Papal Nuncio ( the Pope sends a Nuncio to every country to interfere).
Yesterday, in the Dail, the Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Enda Kenny, used a whole string of adjectives to condemn the Vatican's obstruction of child sex abuse investigations. "Narcissism" was perhaps the most astonishing.
No red carpet for the Pope in Dublin,then.
The modern Vatican is the creation of Mussolini. In the 1930s, he detached the Vatican from Italy and gave it the status of an independent statelet, thus placing it beyond the reach of Italian criminal and civil jurisdiction - and everyone else's jurisdiction besides. That was just what the Pope wanted. (For a serious read on the subject, try Hubert Wolf's Pope and Devil)
Over the past 80 years, the Vatican has used the Lateran Treaty to build a nasty little enclave where church bureaucrats do exactly as they please, knowing that no laws can touch them in their cloisters or their bogus "Ambassadors" abroad, the Nuncios.
It's time to deal with this rogue state. Enda Kenny should call on Italy to repudiate Mussolini's Lateran treaty. Italy should re-incorporate the Vatican into its own republic, subject to its criminal and civil laws. The Vatican is a Church, not a state, and churches are not above the law.
If the Vatican resists, Italy should send in the tanks.