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Vatican comes under sharp criticism over sex abuse

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 16, 2014 at 10:58 a.m.

GENEVA — The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims.

The Vatican insisted it had little jurisdiction to sanction pedophile priests around the globe, saying it was for local law enforcement to do so. But officials conceded that it needs to do more, given the scale of the problem and the role the Holy See plays in the international community.

"The Holy See gets it," Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor, told the committee. "Let's not say too late or not. But there are certain things that need to be done differently."

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Fdworfe says... January 16, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.

Except for more gadgets, faster travel and better treatment of disease, things on Planet Earth haven’t changed much. As to how to deal profoundly, effectively with the three indispensable bugaboos of the human condition—taxes, death and sex—neither politicians nor pundits or popes have ever had much of a hint beyond muddling through. To oversimplify a tad, those three elements pretty well sum up what life is all about. Some great minds will argue that, without imponderables, life would have no meaning at all. Something to think about. But briefly. Why spoil a perfectly good day with mental overexertion?

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insultech112241630 says... January 16, 2014 at 2:17 p.m.

Not bad Fd, no sense in pontificating at this juncture in time..

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JeanneAPM says... January 18, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

Unfortunately, from what I recently learned, instances of sexual assault, pornographic photographing and abuse of minors and vulnerable individuals committed by Catholic religious orders of brothers, nuns, non-diocesan and/or visiting priests in the US (and perhaps elsewhere?) do not get reported to the Vatican’s CDF (Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith) in the same way the dioceses priests who are found credibly accused do get reported; some as we know only after much cover up is plowed through by brave victims or tenacious advocates/lawyers. Thus the “issue” re the “amount” or “degree” of abuse that occurred within Catholic institutions is grossly deflated. Given that the United Nations is investigating the issue through the CDF reports, the numbers going to the UN will be incredulously erroneous due to this fatal flaw in the system. The UN needs to hold the Vatican accountable for the compartmentalization and gross under-reporting of the actual crimes that took place and not rely on the CDF’s fictionalized version of a heinous truth. Keep in mind, the orders of brothers, nuns and non-diocesan priests are the ones who often operated and worked at the schools, orphanages and other Catholic institutions in which they had much more frequent access to youth than the diocesan priests did, thus likely drawing many more sociopaths to their ranks.
Similarly, accountability by perpetrators form these various Catholic religious orders is more arduous. The Bishops’ and Cardinals’ and Vatican’ “not one of ours” approach is just another blemish on the Catholic Church. For the most part, the dioceses’ treatment of those abused by such religious within its Diocese seems discriminatory here in the US as are the laws in NY, NJ and many other states. Your right to pursue civil action is determined by which state(s) you were assaulted in. How ridiculous! NJ’s Catholic Church and Bishops have gone so far as to protect predators by hiring the ultra-expensive lobbying firm, Princeton Public Affairs Group, to fight the extension of the Statute of Limitations on sexual abuse of minors. Truly moral Catholic leaders who cared for its members would be fighting for the extension of such statutes and would be asking their parishioners to join in that fight. Instead the NJ Catholic Church is spending those in the pews hard earned money on lobbying efforts that endanger the welfare of children and teens. The Pope, Cardinals, Bishops and all religious should be doing everything they can to eradicate sexual predators in the Church’s ranks and elsewhere and to assist those abused in the past to heal. Given that the UN and the public are not taking a broader look at the depth and breadth of the issue by excluding these additional religious representatives of the Catholic Church using their Godly connection to abuse others, it is unlikely the problem will ever be truly addressed.

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