07 February, 2014

Pope pressured to act on abuse after UN rebuke

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights panel accused the Vatican of systematically protecting its reputation instead of looking out for the safety of children.
In a scathing report that thrilled victims and stunned the Vatican, the United Nations committee said the Holy See maintained a "code of silence" that enabled priests to sexually abuse tens of thousands of children worldwide over decades with impunity.
Among other things, the panel called on the Vatican to immediately remove all priests known or suspected to be child molesters, open its archives on abusers and the bishops who covered up for them, and turn the abuse cases over to law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution.
The committee largely brushed aside the Vatican's claims that it has already instituted new safeguards, and it accused the Roman Catholic Church of still harboring criminals.
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  1. Replies
    1. Larry: If you mean the beginning of the end of the abuse of children by Catholic clergy... I'm 100% with you! But I'm not certain that's what you mean with your prediction. Care to clarify?

      Fr. Tim

      P.S. Did you make any progress on the investigation we spoke about at your place? Let me know by phone or email. Thanks.

  2. Not the end of abuse Fr. Tim but the end of a sanctuary for the same and that surely is good news for sure for the like of you. ( Beginning of the end though and it's 'collars' like you that will bear the brunt.)

  3. Any truth to that other issue?


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