UN accuses Vatican of adopting policies that allowed priests to rape children

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In a series of hard-hitting observations, the Committee on the Rights of the Child said 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.” Read more:

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U.N. panel assails Vatican over sex abuse by priests

A United Nations report said that the Holy See had adopted policies that led to the continuation of abuse.

A United Nations panel sharply criticized the Vatican on Wednesday for putting the reputation and interests of the Holy See above the interests of children who had been sexually abused by priests, effectively allowing priests to continue abuse and escape prosecution.

In a series of hard-hitting observations, the Committee on the Rights of the Child said 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 panel expressed particular concern that “in dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse, the Holy See has consistently placed the preservation of the reputation of the church and the protection of the perpetrators above children’s best interests.”

The panel noted the Holy See’s commitment to upholding the “inviolable” dignity of children but pointed out that it had moved priests well-known as child abusers to different parishes in an attempt to hide their crimes, allowing them and to remain in contact with children and to continue their abuse. In doing so, the Vatican “still places children in many countries at high risk of sexual abuse, as dozens of child sexual offenders are reported to be still in contact with children,” it said.

At last month’s hearing, the first time the Vatican had faced public examination by an international body, Monsignor Scicluna said “the Holy See gets it” that certain things “need to be done differently” but argued that legal action to prosecute and punish abusers was the responsibility of civil authorities.

The panel challenged that position and criticized the Vatican’s lack of transparency in dealing with the issues. The Holy See established its full jurisdiction over clerical child sex abuse cases in 1962, the panel noted, and in 2001 placed them under the competence of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a body responsible for upholding discipline, among other things.

Far from cooperating with national law enforcement officials, the church authorities, “including at the highest levels of the Holy See” had avoided, and in some cases explicitly rejected, cooperation with the judicial authorities, the panel said. The Holy See had imposed a code of silence on all clergy, and cases of child abuse had rarely been reported to law enforcement agencies.

The panel also rejected the Vatican’s contention that it was responsible for implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child only on the territory of the Vatican City. In ratifying the convention it was also responsible, as the supreme power of the Catholic Church, for ensuring implementation through individuals and institutions placed under its authority, the U.N. experts said.

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UN accuses Vatican of adopting policies that allowed priests to rape children

UN has demanded that the Vatican ‘immediately remove’ all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to police, in an unprecedented and scathing report

The Catholic Church continues to protect paedophile priests and should immediately turn them over to the authorities, the United Nations said in scathing report on the Vatican’s decades-long failure to tackle the scandal of sexually abusive clergy.

In a damning critique of the Holy See’s attempts to shield clergy from prosecution, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said that “tens of thousands of children worldwide” had been raped or molested in the past and that the abuse continues today.

It urged the Catholic Church to “immediately remove all known and suspected child sexual abusers from assignment”, refer their alleged crimes to law enforcement authorities and open up its files to outside scrutiny.

The committee of independent experts said it was “gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed...and has adopted policies and practises which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators.”

Abusive priests in many countries had simply been moved from one diocese to another, allowing “many priests to remain in contact with children and to continue to abuse them.”

Children were still at “high risk of sexual abuse, as dozens of child sexual offenders are reported to be still in contact with children.”

The report was released after the committee last month subjected Vatican officials to a sustained grilling over the Holy See’s failure to protect children from paedophile clergy.

The UN committee expressed its “deepest concern” towards almost every facet of the way in which the Vatican has dealt with abusive priests in the past and the manner in which it still refuses to address the issue with clear, universally enforced rules for the worldwide Catholic Church.

A “code of silence” imposed on clergy members, under penalty of excommunication, meant that child sex abuse cases “have hardly ever been reported to the law enforcement authorities in the countries where the crimes occurred.”

It was particularly scathing of the treatment of girls placed into the care of the notorious “Magdalene Laundries” in Ireland, Church-run institutions for unmarried girls who got pregnant, which were not closed down until 1996.

Girls placed in the institutions had been “forced to work in slavery-like conditions and were often subject to inhuman, cruel and degrading treatment as well as to physical and sexual abuse.”

The UN committee called on the Vatican to fully investigate the scandal of the “Magdalene Laundries”, to refer abusive nuns to the authorities for prosecution and pay full compensation to the victims.

The committee entirely refuted the Vatican’s argument that it cannot be held responsible for the actions of clergy in countries around the world because its remit extends only to those living within the tiny sovereign territory of the Vatican City State.

It said that Catholic religious orders “are bound by obedience to the Pope in accordance with (Canon law)” and that when the Vatican ratified the convention on the rights of the child in 1990, it “committed itself to implementing it not only on the territory of the Vatican City State but also through individuals and institutions under its authority.”

The UN sharply criticised Church authorities, including at “the highest levels of the Holy See”, for refusing to cooperate with judicial authorities and national commissions of inquiry.

Victims and their families had often been “discredited and humiliated” and discouraged from pursuing complaint, as found by government commissions of inquiry in the US, Ireland and Canada.

 

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