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John V. Doe v. Holy See is a lawsuit against the Holy See in cases related to child abuse incidents in various U.S. churches. It was brought before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2009 after being approved by the U.S. District Court of Oregon.[1]

The case revolves around whether the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act can be used against people living in Vatican City. The plaintiffs have argued that local bishops were employees of the Vatican. Roman canonists replied that the Second Vatican Council and Codes of Canon gave full authority to bishops within their capacities as diocesan administrators.[2]

The Holy See has traditionally invoked the letter Duo sunt of Pope Gelasius I, a fifth century document which protects Gelasius and his successors from trial and persecution, and which is one of the most ancient historical sources concerning sovereign immunity. [3]


  1. ^ Vatican's right to immunity being tested
  2. ^ U.S. Case Against Holy See May Go Forward, Court Rules
  3. ^ Gelasius's letter


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