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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:36 AM
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Austrian woman who insulted pope fined


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

VIENNA, Austria -- An Austrian woman who shouted insulting remarks about Pope John Paul II outside Vienna's main cathedral was fined $325 after a court convicted her Monday of disturbing the peace.

The 46-year-old Viennese woman, whose name was not released by authorities, repeatedly and loudly denounced the pope and other Roman Catholic leaders as "child molesters" while standing in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral in 2003.

On Monday, a Vienna court convicted her of disturbing the peace and being a public nuisance. The popular square outside the downtown cathedral was packed with visitors when she stood on the steps with a megaphone to ridicule John Paul and accuse the church of trying to cover up the sexual abuse of children.

Although freedom of speech and expression are enshrined in the Austrian constitution, prosecutors charged the woman under statutes in place to preserve public order.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apeurope_story.a...
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Cuban_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:42 AM
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1. "Woman fined for disturbing the peace"
How extraordinary and newsworthy.

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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:51 AM
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2. It is when it involves a bogus
trumped-up charge to punish her for telling the truth about the Catholic Church and the Pope. Too bad people aren't as concerned with the Catholic church's cover-up of the sexual abuse of children as they are with those who are trying to expose it and call the church out on it.
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:56 AM
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3. IT doesn't seem bogus to me
I'm not totally unsympathetic with her position, but you can't expect public disturbance laws to be ignored just because the person has a good point.

Bryant
Check it out --> http://politicalcomment.blogspot.com
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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:01 AM
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Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 10:02 AM by emad
Overwhelmingly Catholic Austria was stung by a sex scandal last year involving the discovery of up to 40,000 lurid images, including child pornography, on computers at a seminary west of Vienna. The local bishop resigned over the affair, and a Vatican emissary ordered the seminary shut down.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apeurope_story.a...

Just a little background context.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:03 AM
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5. "A Vatican emissary ordered the seminary shut down"
So--was she using her MEGAPHONE to defend the local boys against Papal interference?
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