Vatican: “No Excuse” for Child Abuse

Officials from the Holy See testify at a hearing before the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

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The Vatican publicly confronted the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church at length Thursday, saying there can be “no excuse” for child abuse.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s representative in Geneva, told a U.N. hearing “such crimes can never be justified.” Tomasi said that the church welcomes suggestions that could help promote respect for the rights of children.

The hearing is part of a U.N. investigation into the Holy See’s compliance with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. The church sent a five-person delegation to Geneva for the hearings, including its former chief sex-crimes prosecutor Monsignor Charles Scicluna. Advocacy groups acknowledge a different tone under Pope Francis, but want to see more sweeping changes in how the Vatican deals with sexual molestation by members of the clergy.

While the Vatican is addressing the issue in public at the hearing, the Holy See has been criticized for not sharing the results of its internal inquiry into sex abuse with the U.N. Critics say the Catholic Church helped cover up incidents of sexual abuse by priests over several decades.

[AP]

10 comments
CarolineRedbrook
CarolineRedbrook

Crimes against children are so heinous that accused pedophiles like  Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc. AND THEIR ENABLERS j(whether it be a church, school, 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!

JudyBlock-Jones
JudyBlock-Jones

Pope Francis has yet to take any decisive action to hold bishops accountable for enabling and covering up sex crimes against kids.

Tragically the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy is still going on to this day. Cardinals and bishops are still not removing accused predator clergy, and they are still not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called zero tolerance policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don't have to, because there is no punishment to force the bishops/cardinals to change their ways of protecting their image and the institution rather than protecting innocent kids. Until they are held accountable by outside law enforcement for their crimes against humanity, nothing will change and children are still being sexually abused within this archaic secret institution. It is becoming more clear that Pope Francis can not be counted on to remove and fire corrupt church officials. And silence is not an option anymore, it 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,

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Portugal

Portugal's record includes higher incidence of paedophilia and the use of children in pornography (46 and 14 percent respectively of all sexual offences committed in 2012, totaling 880 initiated cases). About a thousand of cases involving paedophilia have been investigated in Portugal annually since 2003. Forty two suspects in paedophilia were detained in the first half of 2013.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Moscow, 2013

 REPORT ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

 Netherlands

"Violation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (the Lanzarote Convention) by the Netherlands causes serious concern and anxiety. Italian deputies R. Farina and L. Volonte sent appropriate inquiries to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe earlier in this regard. The reason for the first inquiry was the decision of the Court of Appeal of Arnhem to reverse the judgment passed on June 27, 2012, to ban the Dutch pedophile association, the Martijn club (a non-profit organization that promotes the idea of "acceptability" of sexual relations between adults and children; most established members of the "club" have convictions for sexual offenses against children; "kids love it, and they should be thankful for having sex with adults, they will not protest, just give them more gifts" – this is an example of the approaches of the "club", which the Dutch newspaper quoted with reference to the official Martijn website.

As noted by legal experts, this decision of the Arnhem court became possible due to the lack of legal implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse in the Netherlands, despite numerous calls of other States Parties to correct that."

gracietalking
gracietalking

The last sentence is inaccurate. "Critics say" should be replaced by "Massive amounts of evidence prove."

JeffMason
JeffMason

When you have a centuries old criminal conspiracy, AKA,  the Catholic Church's Pedophilia Protection Society, that has operated from the level of  village priest on up to the Cardinal level, you simply don't dislodge it with a decree or two. It is institutionally hard-wired  into the DNA of the church.  It is a virulent cancer that needs a very forceful series of surgical procedures to begin to  purge it; a mass exorcism of those who would prey on children in the name of God. 

 Of the plagues, maladies and institutional barbarisms  that have reflected the lowest levels of human behavior on this planet; this is comparable to the atrocities of Germany, Cambodia,  Rwanda,  The Soviet Gulag, etc. This crime continues whereas the others had a beginning and an ending. I see Pope Francis as the greatest hope for Catholics and their church in my lifetime, but he has to put on all out press on this issue and demand FULL accountability. There is no further hiding behind the "cloth". There is no redemption without removing the scourge of the church. It is a historic opportunity and I "pray" he will take it.

Dorrin
Dorrin

How about by turning over to the respective countries those convicted child abusers that remain members of the cloth and keep the protection of the church instead of harboring them and moving them to new countries to commit the same crimes again?


"Lets confront the issue by pretending we've done nothing wrong" Fantastic.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@JeffMason  

Psychologists of the USA and Canada are for the legalization of pedophilia When discussing the law about pedophilia in the canadian Parliament in people with mental disabilities in sexual found defenders, who called pedophilia "sexual orientations on a par with homosexuality". And in the United States, meanwhile, there is a special organization, which fights for the legalization of pedophilia.

Сanadian psychologists are not alone in his views about pedophiles.

In the USA there is the organization of "B4U-ACT", which purpose is legalization of pedophilia, informs Lifesitenews.

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/academic-conference-seeks-to-normalize-pedophilia

The organization consists of many respected psychologists from Harvard, the University of Illinois and Louisville. They called pedophiles "people who involve minors" and claim that criminal prosecution of such individuals "unscientific". Representatives of "B4U-ACT", as well as their canadian-minded, believe pedophilia sexual orientation.

http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue12396.html



Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@JeffMason  

Number of inmates in the United States increased by comparison with 1972 in 7,6 times.
In 1972 the U.S. had less than 300 thousand prisoners. In 1990 it was 1 million. Today the United States, where there are more than 2.3 million inmates, tops the list of countries by number of people in custody. This is about 25% of all those serving time in the world (the U.S. share of world population is 5%). The figure of 754 prisoners per 100 thousand of population makes the United States the world leader in the ratio of the number of prisoners to total population. As the American specialist publication «California Prison Focus» said, in the history of mankind there has never before been a society which held so many of its own people in jail. More people are imprisoned In the U.S. than in any other country - half a million more than in China, even though the population of China is five times more than that of the United States. The Soviet Gulag system of the 1930`s was on a much smaller scale than is the American gulag at the beginning of the XXI century.  
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2012/11/24/the-american-gulag-as-the-latest-form-of-capitalism-ii.html