Vatican Snubs U.N. Probe On Sex Abuse Cases

Says it won't disclose information about abuse cases

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The Vatican has told the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that it will not disclose information on cases of alleged sexual abuse of children committed by members of its clergy.

The committee wrote to the Church in July asking for “detailed information” on the investigations, legal proceedings and outcomes of cases of alleged sexual abuses.

In a written response to these questions — hand-delivered last month but just published online by the U.N. on Tuesday — the Vatican wrote that “it is not the practice of the Holy See to disclose information on the religious discipline of members of the clergy or religious according to canon law.” It said this was “in order to protect the witnesses, the accused and the integrity of the Church process.”

The Vatican added that it would only provide the information if requested to do so by a state or government “through specific procedures.” However, the Vatican said that it “does not forbid or even discourage anyone” from reporting allegations of sexual abuse to civil authorities. Its responses will be questioned by the CRC in its next session in January 2014.

 

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Sir_Baskerville
Sir_Baskerville

I miss Pope Benedict XVI.

He was the first pope in many years to tell the truth about sexual crimes commited by priests and bishops. He investigated, never gave up to cut off that horrible truth in Church. But we must know, sexual crimes in Catholic Church are not a huge problem. I mean there are not as many abused children as in other societies... the fact is that the more you're known by people, the more you will be attacked. Priest and bishops who abuse children are nasty, they deserve prison for life... but we shouldn't judge Catholic Church because of those men.

A tree which is falling down makes more noise than a thousand trees  which are growing up.

CarolineRedbrook
CarolineRedbrook

Crimes against children are so heinous that accused pedophiles like priests, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc. must be apprehended before they have years to continue to destroy young lives. Sandusky is now safely behind bars. But unfortunately, Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France,as an English teacher, has led numerous groups of schoolchildren on trips to the US, the UK and Ireland.. Pedophiles condemn their victims to a lifetime of emotional and psychological trauma and often permanent physical ailments as well. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% and since there is no effective treatment and no known cure they must be stopped ASAP!

eagle11772
eagle11772

If ALL Roman Catholics would simply become Protestants, as God intended, sexual abuse problem wouldn't be nearly as bad as it is. The sexual abuse crisis in churches seems to be more than 99% a Roman Catholic Church problem.  Why ?  Because of NO transparency and no accountability in the Roman Catholic Church.  THANK GOD  was born a PROTESTANT ! :)

RosemaryMcHugh
RosemaryMcHugh

I am a physician who has met many who have been sexually abused by priests, brothers, nuns.  I myself was sexually assaulted by a Carmelite priest when I was a young doctor in Dublin, Ireland. I am also a Catholic and I am saddened that Pope Francis refuses to work with the United Nations to deal with the worldwide sexual abuse of innocent children and vulnerable adults by priests, nuns, brothers, bishops, cardinals. The church can no longer be allowed to investigate its own crimes. For centuries the popes and the hierarchy have hidden these crimes, denied the truth, protected the sexual predator clergy, re-victimized the victims, with many victims around the world committing suicide when they gave up hope that their stories of being sexually abused would be believed, because of the denial by the predators and by the hierarchy. Recently in Australia it was discovered that at least 50 young men have committed suicide when they gave up hope that their truth would be believed. They were all taught by the same religious order of priests and brothers. They were all sexually abused by them. This has to be stopped. Pope Francis and the hierarchy must be made accountable to the world, for the protection of children.

Sincerely,   Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh, M.D., Chicago, Illinois, USA

JudyBlock-Jones
JudyBlock-Jones

According to canon law (Catholic church law)..  
--Each bishop is only answerable to the pope. The pope is the only person who can demote, defrock, or fire a bishop.
--And priests are answerable to the bishop.The pope is the only person who can defrock a priest.

How on earth can the pope claim that he is not responsible of the Catholics who are not living at the Vatican?
We are beginning to see the real ugly truth about how the high ranking church officials including Pope Francis deal with child sex crimes within this corrupt institution.

As we can now see, the pope can not be counted on to help victims of child sex abuse by their clergy or he can not be counted on to take actions to protect kids today.
It is time for law enforcement to get involved and prosecute these criminals who enable, empower, and protect their child predators, instead of caring about the safety of innocent children. It is time for the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court at the Hague to investigate this organization and hold these men accountable to the law of the land.

Until this happens, nothing changes and children will continue to be sexually abused within the archaic secret system.
Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511.  snapjudy@gmail.com
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

eagle11772
eagle11772

I'm SHOCKED, SHOCKED, that the Vatican won't turn over the information requested by the U.N.

ReadMarieJulieJahenny
ReadMarieJulieJahenny

@RosemaryMcHugh

It may help you to watch this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQX5qlS3PnI

and this confession from Communist agent Bella Dodd saying she infiltrated 1100 Communists into the Catholic Priesthood during the 1930's and 1970's in order to destroy the Church and ruin Her reputation from within by their "bad behaviour"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isxEwBxmS5c

and read this

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/219739/moscows-assault-vatican/ion-mihai-pacepa

We have been "set up"  God forgive these false Priests for their deliberate crimes.

God Bless you.