http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7094310.ece tl;dr - Dawkins and Hitchens believe they can arrest the Pope for covering up allegations of sexual abuse under the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, and try him at the International Criminal Court. They believe that the Pope doesn't have diplomatic immunity as the head of the Vatican state, because apparently the Vatican isn't recognized as a state by the United Nations. The Pope has come under increased attack over the past few weeks as more has been revealed about his complicity in covering up allegations of sexual abuse and his inaction on disciplining pedophiles in the priesthood, putting the reputation of the Church ahead of the safety of children. Recent allegations include, cover ups in his own archdiocese when he was Archbishop of Munich and Freising (which he claims to have been unaware of and quite nobly blames on underlings), his failure to investigate allegations that a US priest, Lawrence Murphy, molested some 200 deaf children, and the most recent, a letter by Ratzinger written in 1985 about defrocking (i.e. firing) another child molesting priest in Arizona in which he wrote: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8612596.stm Personally, I think its a bit dodgy.. The pure numbers of calls to lines in regards to this cannot be right. I smell a witchunt. I also wonder what would happen if it was any other religion than Christianity that was in this scandal.