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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."

UN watchdog slams Vatican's child abuse record

The United Nations condemned the Vatican 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. The Vatican hit back, accusing the world body's child rights watchdog of distorting the facts by failing to take into account fresh efforts to rid the Church of child abusers. 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.

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.

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".
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