Thursday, July 13, 2017
DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY CANON LAWS AND PENALTIES FOR LIBELING A REIGNING POPE BY PRINTING FAKE NEWS A FACT?
1Peter 5's scurrilous fake news about the five questions put to Cardinal Mueller along with some other indignities by His Holiness, Pope Francis, has been refuted by the Vatican and now by Cardinal Mueller himself, who is said to be flabbergasted by the fake news accounts.
Are there any penalties in canon law for libeling a reigning pope, either for a cleric or a layman?
In secular law, does it amount to libel or the intent to libel?
Just wondering! I am sure there are those out there who know.