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U.N. denounces Vatican on sex abuse, abortion

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 5, 2014 at 6:26 a.m.

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Pope Francis listens to his speech being translated in several languages, during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. A U.N. human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for “systematically” adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the bishops who concealed their crimes.

VATICAN CITY — A U.N. human-rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for "systematically" adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the bishops who concealed their crimes.

In a report, the U.N. committee also severely criticized the Holy See for its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion, and said it should change its own canon law to ensure children's rights and their access to health care are guaranteed.

The U.N. blasted the "code of silence" that has long been used to keep victims quiet, saying the Holy See had "systematically placed preservation of the reputation of the church and the alleged offender over the protection of child victims." It called on the Holy See to provide compensation to victims and hold accountable not just the abusers but also those who covered up their crimes.

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outinthesticks says... February 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Po, the UN just wants to tell GOD what is right and wrong. Who could have any problem with that?

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RonalFos says... February 5, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.

The UN has every right to criticize the Vatican after all it is also recognized as a nation. But Po is right about the UN needing to call Islamic countries out over the treatment of women. It is at least a disgraceful as the Vatican tolerating pedophile priests.

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