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UN committee demands sex-abuse documents from Vatican

July 10, 2013

The UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child has asked the Holy See to provide “detailed information on all cases of child sexual abused committed by members of the clergy, brothers, or nuns” as part of a review of the Vatican’s adherence to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In a victory for critics of the Vatican, the UN committee asked for thousands of documents, to be delivered by November. The committee is scheduled to make an assessment of the Vatican in January 2014.


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  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jul. 11, 2013 1:29 AM ET USA

    Whom else did the Committee ask for documents? Is it just the Vatican? I say give them nothing. This committee's request is not about protecting children.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Jul. 11, 2013 12:14 AM ET USA

    Pot, kettle, black. When the UN stops promoting the worst form of child abuse, abortion, then will they have the right to criticize the Church. "Let him who is without sin . . ." Are they going after any other religious bodies, or public school teachers unions for the far higher numbers of cases reported among their employees? Looks like another excuse to attack the Church.

  • Posted by: Contrary1995 - Jul. 10, 2013 10:54 PM ET USA

    I detect the hand of Enda Kenny in all of this nonsense: raising the specter of the Magdalene Laundries on the eve of an abortion vote.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 10, 2013 9:25 PM ET USA

    Okay, how about asking for each country in the world to send them documents, too? After all it's been said that there have been far more child abuse cases in public schools and elsewhere. That would be interesting!