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UN urges Vatican to live up to Pope's Francis vow to stamp out child sex abuse

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 10:13 UTC
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A UN watchdog urged the Vatican on Friday to live up to Pope Francis' vow to stamp out child sex abuse by priests, calling on the Church to ensure violators face justice. Three weeks after grilling the Vatican at a public hearing, the UN Committee Against Torture said the Roman Catholic Church had made progress, but said there are still failings of major concern. Read full article

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  • DaveVK

    There appears to be a witch hunt going on against the church. All for the sake of a few rotten apples.

    May 24th, 2014 - 12:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Andy Scott the spark

    Comment removed by the editor.

    May 24th, 2014 - 01:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • falklandlad

    Absolutely right and proper to keep this under the spotlight and apply diplomatic and other pressures. Pope Francis needs to seen to be ridding his ranks of child abusers and ensuring the guilty are transparently named.

    May 24th, 2014 - 01:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (3) falklandlad
    “ridding his ranks of child abusers and ensuring the guilty are transparently named.”

    Wooooow.... And that coming from a Kelper!

    May 24th, 2014 - 02:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Christ getting rid of the shirt lifters, you won't have any clergy left. I THINK they are all at it. Probably why they joined the church in the first place. Jail the bastards, if proved guilty.

    May 24th, 2014 - 03:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    So the UN needs a special Committee to say it is against torture!
    Can't think of anything more likely to cause the RC Church to go silent on the matter. Crazy tactic.

    May 24th, 2014 - 03:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    The unmighty UN urges lots of things,
    yet turns a blind eye to many more..

    May 24th, 2014 - 08:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • falklandlad

    Hola Think, nice of you to join the party. If the Falklands had its voice, and membership standing at the UN, as the Vatican, I could follow your logic if there were similar issues, but... Nice to see you've not emigrate from the southern winter.

    May 24th, 2014 - 08:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    To the moron @ 1 “a few rotten apples.”?

    “the UN Committee Against Torture said the Roman Catholic Church had made progress, but there are still failings of MAJOR concern.”....”Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, its prosecuting arm, mostly over offences from the 1950s to 1980s...” Of those, 848 priests were expelled from the priesthood, while a further 2,572 were ordered to “live a life of prayer or penance”, for example in a monastery.”

    Even under this limp wristed response they found 3,420 paedophiles, or is that OK for you? How many children’s lives were destroyed by the very people that they SHOULD have been able to trust: just 100 each over the years they “preached” gives us 34,200 victims?

    You are clearly not a parent even if you are one of the deluded sods that believe this crap spouted by the RCC you could not and should not condone this. And what about the 90’s to now? 15 more years that children the world over suffered abuse: what is going to happen to them – more of the same?

    You sir, are beneath contempt.

    May 24th, 2014 - 09:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    “UN urges Vatican to live up to Pope's Francis vow to stamp out child sex abuse.”

    About bloody time too.

    This sick behavour has been kept in the dark for far too long.

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
    Expose, shame, expel and imprison the scum.

    The Catholic Church needs a thorough cleansing.

    May 25th, 2014 - 03:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    The curse of Child sex abuse as always been with us, all of us no matter which country we come from or what background, poor, rich, privileged, underpriveged, all have been victims.

    Modern technology has just enabled us to realise this more.

    That same technology has also enabled these sick bastards!

    The shame is that, that same technology has enabled these sick scum

    May 25th, 2014 - 06:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    If shirt lifters mentioned more than once on this thread are supposed to be homosexuals, then I suggest you heterosexuals need to do a little bit of research on the reasons for child sex abuse and how many perpetuators are not only homosexual but many times heterosexual and usually have nothing to do with sexual orientation but more about the power over the abused.

    May 26th, 2014 - 09:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    100% correct,mfrom all walks of life and backgrounds and most sickening of all, often have children of their own.

    May 26th, 2014 - 10:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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