Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Vatican Denounced by United Nations On Sex Abuse

As has been noted before on this blog, a committee working on enforcement of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child has been investigating the Vatican's involvement in the world wide sex abuse of minors and youths by Roman Catholic clergy.  To say that the Vatican has been uncooperative and disingenuous is a staggering understatement.  The Vatican dishonestly said that it had no responsibility for actions of bishops and cardinals outside the boundaries of Vatican City despite written Vatican directives that have come to light ordering that abuse not be reported to police authorities.  Now, the U. N. has blasted the Vatican as reported in a piece carried by the Virginian Pilot.  Here are article excerpts:

A U.N. human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the churchmen who concealed their crimes.

In a devastating report, the U.N. committee also severely criticized the Holy See for its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion and said it should review its policies to ensure children's rights and their access to health care are guaranteed.

On sex abuse, "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 said.

It called for the sex abuse commission that Pope Francis announced in December to conduct an independent investigation of all cases of priestly abuse and the way the Catholic hierarchy has responded over time, and urged the Holy See establish clear rules for the mandatory reporting of abuse to police.

The committee issued its recommendations after subjecting the Holy See to a daylong interrogation last month on its implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, the main international treaty ensuring children's rights. During that session, the committee's independent experts grilled the Holy See on its protection of children, working from reports prepared by victims groups and human rights organizations.

The Vatican had no immediate comment.
As I have asked before, how and why do people who claim to be moral continue to bankroll this utterly corrupt and lawless institution much less kiss the asses of the heinous Church hierarchy?  

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