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UN tells Catholics to change canon law; not allowing abortion is ‘torture’ of pregnant girls

The United Nations Committee Against Torture is debating whether abortion constitutes torture and whether canon law should be changed. During the committee’s meeting in Geneva on Monday, Vice Chairwoman Felice Gaer castigated the Catholic Church’s blanket stance against all abortions, telling an audience comprising Vatican…

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Stuck on Torture

Reading the AP coverage this morning of the ongoing hearings in Geneva regarding the Vatican and torture, the story this morning explains that the Holy See yesterday provided some additional information on what’s happened in the last 12 years — the culture change within the…

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United Nations Calls Catholic Church’s Pro-Life Teachings “Promoting Torture”

It’s no secret that pro-abortion NGOs and diplomats from some nations that legalize abortion don’t want The Vatican involved at the United Nations and have undertaken campaigns to revoke its UN status, in large part because of its pro-life views. Now that effort is taking…

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U.N. finally gets action…from the pope as Vatican forced to reveal punishment for pedophiles

The Vatican on Tuesday for the first time detailed how it has handled more than 3,400 cases of sexual abuse reported since 2004, vowing to learn from its mistakes and potentially opening itself to more lawsuits by accepting that such abuse could fall under a…

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Vatican urges sex abuse critics not to stay “fossilized in past”

The Vatican told critics of its sexual abuse record on Tuesday that it had developed model child protection policies over the last decade and that its accusers should not stay “fossilized in the past” when attitudes were different. Addressing the United Nations Committee on Torture,…

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UN gives Holy See another grilling on abuse

A U.N. committee on torture grilled the Vatican on the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse crisis on Monday, urging a permanent investigation system to end a “climate of impunity” prevailing for decades. In a two-hour hearing in Geneva, the Committee Against Torture launched a barrage…

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Vatican Tells of 848 Priests Ousted in Decade

GENEVA — The Vatican has dismissed more than 800 priests for sexual abuse of children in the past decade and paid billions of dollars in compensation, senior Vatican officials told a United Nations panel on Tuesday, presenting the Roman Catholic Church as a model of…

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United Nations Committee against Torture grills Vatican on clerical sexual abuse

Vatican representatives have faced tough questions from a United Nations committee on the Catholic Church’s record of dealing with child sexual abuse by members of the clergy. Members of the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) have probed Vatican officials on why more had not been…

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AP Omits UN’s ‘Torture’ Slam of Catholic Church’s Abortion Dogma; Hypes ‘Grilling’ on Sex Abuse

John Heilprin of the Associated Press played up how the Catholic Church supposedly “sought to limit its responsibility for the global priest sex abuse scandal” in front of a United Nations committee on torture. Heilprin repeatedly underlined how the Holy See underwent a “grilling” by…

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What Is Torture and What Is a Bullying Campaign?

Sunday morning, thousands – many of them young families — poured into St. Peter’ Square, having walked through Rome in an annual pro-life march. From a window above, Pope Francis thanked the ecumenical crowd for its commitment to speaking out to protect innocent human life. Today…

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