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    U.N. panel blasts Vatican handling of Clergy Sex Abuse

    BERLIN — A United Nations committee issued a scathing indictment Wednesday of the Vatican’s handling of child sexual abuse cases involving clerics, releasing a report that included criticism of church teachings on homosexuality, gender equality and abortion.

    The report demanded that the Vatican immediately turn over to criminal investigators any known or suspected abusers and end its “code of silence” by enforcing rules ordering dioceses to report abuse to local authorities. It also called on the Vatican to open its archives on sexual allegations against clerics.

    The range of the report appeared to infuriate the Vatican, which last month sent two top officials to appear before the U.N. panel in Geneva for the first public accounting of the Holy See’s handling of abuse allegations. Officials said they are still studying the findings, but responded angrily to what they described as recommendations that are ideologically biased. They said the United Nations has no right to weigh in on church teachings.

    “Trying to ask the Holy See to change its teachings is not negotiable,” Silvano Maria Tomasi, the Vatican’s permanent observer at the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio. He suggested that gay rights groups had influenced the commission.

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    The Vatican has been riding a wave of positive publicity since Pope Francis was elected in March. But the report — which is not binding, meaning the United Nations has no way to enforce its recommendations — drew attention to the single largest stain on the Catholic Church’s global image: Its handling of allegations of sexual abuse by clerics.

    The Vatican had been bracing for the report. After widespread revelations of sexual abuse by clerics in Europe in 2010, the U.N. committee, which is headquartered in Geneva, began an inquiry last year. The Vatican declined the panel’s request to review internal files and data on abuse cases.

    The report said the church in some places has “systemically” adopted policies that put children at risk. In some cases, confidentiality has been imposed on child victims and their families as a condition of financial compensation. The panel also said Catholic officials obstructed efforts in certain countries to extend the statute of limitations for criminal or civil cases.

    The committee “is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators,” the report concluded.

    The panel condemned church doctrine that it considers out of step with the principles of human rights and child welfare. In blunt language, the committee took particular aim at church stances on sexual orientation, reproductive health and gender equality. It delved into details, expressing its concerns, for instance, about the stereotyping of gender roles in Catholic school textbooks.


    More about a delusional medieval enclave that somehow is a UN Member....

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    Too bad the UN is universally ignored. Less impact than the World Court. Or the Nobel prize selection committee.

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    Why do they blame the Vatican for crimes that happened in far off countries? The Vatican appoints or sacks bishops and cardinals there, but it doesn't run the police and other authorities that could do something about it. Yet they turn a blind eye, and wash their hands of responsibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainfall View Post
    Why do they blame the Vatican for crimes that happened in far off countries? The Vatican appoints or sacks bishops and cardinals there, but it doesn't run the police and other authorities that could do something about it. Yet they turn a blind eye, and wash their hands of responsibility.
    The Vatican routinely move priests around at the first sign of a kiddie fiddling scandal, to make sure they are out of the reach of the law.

    That's the point of the report.

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    mea maxima culpa

    terrific documentary on the subject


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainfall View Post
    Why do they blame the Vatican for crimes that happened in far off countries? The Vatican appoints or sacks bishops and cardinals there, but it doesn't run the police and other authorities that could do something about it. Yet they turn a blind eye, and wash their hands of responsibility.
    Even at the level of "Pope," they move priests around, bury the evidence, do not fire or prosecute.

    This not only aiding and abetting these crimes against children it is actually promoting.

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    it is hard to take anything from the un seriously,what a pack of wankers,
    put north korea or sudan or some other shit heads on human rights boards
    but with this they are on the money, bugger these religions, they are kiddy fiddle
    central,now will have the new pope skate boarding or some thing to show religion
    is cool, what will the muslims do to top that.

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    Not sure if catholic priests still have it on their garments,,

    'Come Unto Me Little Children'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rainfall View Post
    Why do they blame the Vatican for crimes that happened in far off countries? The Vatican appoints or sacks bishops and cardinals there, but it doesn't run the police and other authorities that could do something about it. Yet they turn a blind eye, and wash their hands of responsibility.
    The Vatican routinely move priests around at the first sign of a kiddie fiddling scandal, to make sure they are out of the reach of the law.

    That's the point of the report.
    I didn't read it. If so, the priests must admit their crimes to their superiors to outrun the local authorities. That's bad. The Lebanese guy who married a 13 years old and consummated the marriage in Australia couldn't ask a local imam to get him out, and the grandmufti of Beirut gets the heat. Once again, it appears Christians are worse than Muslims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainfall View Post
    I didn't read it.
    Bit pointless commenting on it then, don't you think?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainfall
    couldn't ask a local imam to get him out
    but if he were in Pakistan or Yemen they would...

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