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'No-one has done more than Church' against sex abuse

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia. "The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility. No-one else has done more. Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked," he said in an interview with Il Corriere della Sera daily published Wednesday.

Milwaukee Catholic archdiocese plans compensation fund for abuse victims

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said on Wednesday it has proposed a restructuring plan for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court that would establish a sex abuse victim compensation fund worth $4 million, an amount advocates called woefully low. The $4 million would be made available to abuse victims partly through a loan the archdiocese plans to secure using property as collateral and may be used to sue the church's insurance companies, the archdiocese said in a statement.

Vatican under global scrutiny after UN sex abuse report

The UN's damning report on the Vatican's handling of child sex abuse cases has turned up the pressure on the Church to convince a sceptical international community it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach. "The Vatican has taken some steps forward, but they have been largely symbolic: energetic words rather than actions. The UN is right to have spoken out so strongly," Vatican commentator Paolo Flores D'Arcais told AFP.

UN panel overstepped Vatican report on clergy child abuse: Canadian expert

OTTAWA - A Canadian expert on Roman Catholicism says a United Nations committee overstepped its mandate in a scathing report that accused the Vatican of systematically covering up child sexual abuse by priests. Robert Dennis, vice president of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association, said the UN panel watered down its advocacy of child sexual abuse victims by criticizing the Roman Catholic church for its doctrine on homosexuality, abortion and contraception.

Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse

By Stephanie Nebehay and Philip Pullella GENEVA/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday accused the Vatican of systematically turning a blind eye to decades of sexual abuse of children by priests, and demanded it immediately turn over known or suspected offenders to civil justice. In a scathingly blunt report, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said Church officials had imposed a "code of silence" on clerics and moved abusers from parish to parish "in an attempt to cover up such crimes".

United Nations slams Vatican over priests' abuse of children

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child accused the Vatican in a sharply critical report released Wednesday over sexual abuse of children by priests and urged it to investigate all past cases of abuse. Promptly reacting to the announcement, the Holy See said it regrets to see in some points of the report "an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person and in the exercise of religious freedom."

United Nations slams Vatican over priests' abuse of children

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child accused the Vatican in a sharply critical report released Wednesday over sexual abuse of children by priests and urged it to investigate all past cases of abuse. Promptly reacting to the announcement, the Holy See said it regrets to see in some points of the report "an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person and in the exercise of religious freedom."

Child abuse scandals at the heart of the Catholic Church

The UN denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for failing to stamp out child abuse, and called on the Church to remove all clergy suspected of raping or molesting children. The following are paedophilia scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church in recent years: - Canada: The Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John's, Newfoundland was closed in 1990 after it emerged that staff had systematically abused 300 residents over several decades. In 2002, associations representing more than 10,000 self-declared victims joined forces to seek compensation.

Child abuse scandals at the heart of the Catholic Church

The UN denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for failing to stamp out child abuse, and called on the Church to remove all clergy suspected of raping or molesting children. The following are paedophilia scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church in recent years: - Canada: The Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John's, Newfoundland was closed in 1990 after it emerged that staff had systematically abused 300 residents over several decades. In 2002, associations representing more than 10,000 self-declared victims joined forces to seek compensation.

UN watchdog slams Vatican's child abuse record

The United Nations denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for failing to stamp out child abuse and allowing systematic cover-ups, calling on the Church to remove clergy suspected of raping or molesting children. In an unprecedented report for a UN body, the Committee on the Rights of the Child slammed the Vatican for failing to live up to repeated pledges to put its house in order, and said all clergy and lay employees suspected of abuse must be turned over to the police.
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