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Victims urge action after UN report on paedophile priests

An advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests called Wednesday for legal action after a devastating UN report denounced the Vatican for failing to stamp out the scourge. The UN report "is a wake-up call, not to Catholic officials -- who've known about and concealed abuse for decades and still do -- but for secular officials, especially those in law enforcement," the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said in a statement.

UN watchdog slams Vatican's child abuse record

The UN denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for failing to stamp out systematic child abuse and called on the Church to remove all clergy suspected of raping or molesting children. In a hard-hitting report, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child slammed the Holy See 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.

UN watchdog slams Vatican's child abuse record

The Vatican was denounced in a devastating report Wednesday for failing to stamp out child abuse and called on the Church to remove all clergy suspected of raping or molesting children. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said "tens of thousands of children worldwide" had been abused systemically for years within the Catholic church. It urged the Holy See to "immediately remove all known and suspected child sexual abusers from assignment and refer the matter to the relevant law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution purposes".

Vatican must turn all child abusers over to police: UN watchdog

The Vatican must remove all child sexual abusers from their posts and turn them over to the police, the United Nations children's rights watchdog said Wednesday. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child urged the Holy See to "immediately remove all known and suspected child sexual abusers from assignment and refer the matter to the relevant law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution purposes".

Pope won't be lenient with predator priests: ex-prosecutor

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will not show leniency towards pedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor said on Saturday. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the most authoritative Catholic official on the Church's abuse crisis, also told Reuters that the number of clerics defrocked by the Vatican was likely to have fallen to about 100 in 2013 from about 125 in 2012.

Vatican defrocked hundreds of priests after abuse scandals

The Vatican revealed Saturday that some 400 priests were defrocked during the pontificate of now pope emeritus Benedict XVI, following an explosion in claims of child sex abuse by clergymen. "In 2012 there were around 100, while in 2011 there were around 300," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said. But the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said these disciplinary measures were not enough.

Vatican grilled over scale of child sex abuse

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations child protection experts pushed Vatican delegates on Thursday to reveal the scope of the decades-long sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests that Pope Francis called "the shame of the Church". The delegates, answering questions from an international rights panel for the first time since the scandals broke more than two decades ago, denied allegations of a Vatican cover-up and said it had set clear guidelines to protect children from predator priests.

Vatican grilled on child abuse by UN watchdog

The Vatican was Thursday pushed for the first time to provide answers to the UN over its commitment to stamp out child sex abuse by priests. The landmark six-hour session before the UN's child rights watchdog in Geneva came as Pope Francis said Catholics should feel "shame", in an apparent reference to the scandals that have rocked the Church. Francis, who has vowed zero tolerance of abuse, last month created a special commission to investigate sex crimes, enforce prevention and care for victims.

Vatican grilled on child abuse by UN watchdog

The Vatican was Thursday pushed for the first time to provide answers to the UN over its commitment to stamp out child sex abuse by priests. The landmark six-hour session before the UN's child rights watchdog in Geneva came as Pope Francis said Catholics should feel "shame", in an apparent reference to the scandals that have rocked the Church. Francis, who has vowed zero tolerance of abuse, last month created a special commission to investigate sex crimes, enforce prevention and care for victims.

Vatican grilled on child abuse by UN watchdog

The Vatican was Thursday pushed for the first time to provide answers to the UN over its commitment to stamp out child sex abuse by priests. The landmark question-and-answer session before the UN's child rights watchdog in Geneva came as Pope Francis said Catholics should feel "shame", in an apparent reference to the scandals that have rocked the Church. Francis has vowed zero tolerance of abuse, setting up a special committee to investigate sex crimes, enforce prevention and care for victims.
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