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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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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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