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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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Church Braces for Abuse Hearing

As the Holy See braces itself for another grilling from another United Nations committee, some prominent pro-life leaders are arguing the Church should withdraw from relevant conventions until it receives a fair hearing. Vatican officials are to appear before the U.N.’s Committee Against Torture Monday…

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On Friday, my friend Ashley E. McGuire defended the Holy See Friday before a United Nations committee on torture on behalf of Catholic Voices USA (a group I help found). In an interview for National Review Online, we talk a bit about what’s going on…

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UN official to Vatican: Catholic teaching on abortion may be a form of ‘torture’

During hearings that one participant described as “surreal,” United Nations representatives today suggested that the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion in the case of rape and incest constitute a violation of the UN Charter Against Torture. The Vatican was called before a two-day hearing in…

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Vatican faces new UN grilling over child sex abuse

Leaders of the Catholic Church face another public grilling over the global scandal of child sex abuse by priests, with a UN panel meeting in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday expected to examine the church’s record on preventing torture. This comes three months after another…

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At UN, Vatican Continues to Claim Limited Jurisdiction on Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests

Vatican officials appeared Monday before the United Nations Committee on Torture to discuss the sexual abuse of children by priests, claiming the Holy See lacks juridical power to combat the problem on an international basis. “It should be stressed, particularly in light of much confusion,…

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Critic says UN risks credibility with Catholic torture charges

Insinuations at a U.N. committee hearing that Catholic teaching against abortion may violate an international anti-torture convention has raised questions about the partiality of the body. “It is outrageous that the U.N. Committee against Torture would challenge the Catholic Church’s religious commitment to the sanctity…

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U.N. committee on torture grills Vatican on sexual 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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World News U.N. Committee Against Torture asks Vatican about sex abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Appearing before a U.N. committee monitoring adherence to an international treaty designed to fight torture, Vatican officials repeatedly were asked about efforts to investigate allegations of clerical sexual abuse, punish offenders and cooperate with civil authorities in prosecuting the perpetrators. Archbishop…

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U.N. torture committee probes Vatican on sex abuse scandal, human rights issues

The Vatican is bracing for a blistering session this week before the U.N. Committee Against Torture, which is expected to address the Holy See’s handling of its churchwide sexual abuse scandal and its infringement on human rights. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, warned against…

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