UN Rips Vatican: You Failed Kids, Saved Sex Abusers
Church 'regrets' that panel is interfering with its teaching
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 5, 2014 6:17 AM CST
Updated Feb 5, 2014 7:46 AM CST
Pope Francis meets bishops at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

(Newser) – The United Nations is hammering the Vatican for what a panel calls a failure to fully address sex abuse in the Catholic Church. "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 Committee on the Rights of the Child says, per the New York Times. The Vatican "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 church "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," the panel says. Leaders must "immediately remove" priests linked to child abuse. The Vatican, the BBC notes, responded that while it "takes note of the concluding observations," it "does, however, regret to see an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person." The church also "reiterates its commitment to defending and protecting the rights of the child." The BBC notes that the Vatican has denied UN requests for records on the abuse; church officials say they only release the information when a government seeks it in a legal case.

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JohnStefanyszyn
Feb 6, 2014 10:31 AM CST
Vatican turns to "its religious freedom" to protect itself from UN abuse accusation. Ref.: “Vatican 'must immediately remove' child abusers - UN” BBC Feb 5, 2014 “....The UN watchdog for children's rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children. ….But the Vatican said that..."it regrets to see...an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of human person and in the exercise of religious freedom" and "reiterates its commitment to defending and protecting the rights of the child... according to the moral and religious values offered by Catholic doctrine". ….Barbara Blaine, president of a group representing US victims of abuse by priests, told the BBC that the UN report "reaffirms ...and shows that the Vatican has put the reputation of Church officials above the protection of children." WHICH BELIEF does the Vatican ( the church of general values of Rome) turn to for protection?…..they have confessed that it is its exercise of religious freedom….its freedom of self-rights…...It does that which is right in its own eyes. It believes that it is right to protect itself and its pedophile priests. It believes in its self-interest...to serve and magnify the “self” (XES). Keep in mind that the “pedophile priests” are just the tip of the iceberg.….how about the protection of?….the priests that fornicate with “of age girls”, with married women, with prostitutes, that have caused abortions, that fornicate with other men, that are corrupt for money, that are corrupt for political power, that lie, that are alcoholics, that take on the title of “Father”. BUT above all of these, is their belief that it is RIGHT (a right) to be free to worship ANY ‘god’....as Jorge Bergoglio (and his predecessors) have confessed that “religious freedom” is right and good. President Obama has confessed that this “SELF-FREEDOM” is the “LIGHT” of man’s righteousness and that this same “FREEDOM” is the “will” of his ‘god’... of fortresses. It is clear that Christ is not their first love...that their first love is instead their “freedom”....and that this is the mark on their forehead. BUT soon, the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Only God, will rule the earth in power according to and in obedience to the Will of the Only God and NOT according to man’s love for “his self justified freedom”.
clarenccharlie
Feb 6, 2014 2:59 AM CST
some of the Catholic school we have in Hawaii is great. Ewa beach have a great school
TessTalks
Feb 5, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool. Mark Twain