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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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Vatican could face flood of torture-related abuse lawsuits

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s ambassador to U.N. agencies in Geneva sought to limit the Holy See’s legal responsibility for the abuse scandal, implying that the church’s jurisdiction did not extend to dioceses and churches around the world. Read more here.

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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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Catholic church leaders prepare for grilling by UN human rights panel

The leadership of the Roman Catholic church faces a fresh grilling by UN human rights observers on Monday as a delegation from the Holy See makes its debut appearance before the Committee Against Torture (CAT) in Geneva. Three months after the Vatican railed against the…

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UN Hauls In The Vatican Before Torture Panel

The United Nations Committee Against Torture is calling upon a holy subject to testify and defend themselves against claims of human rights abuse — the Vatican. The UN torture panel is investigating the Vatican’s alleged role in doing little to prevent regimes that flagrantly abused…

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Facing fresh UN grilling, Vatican envoy pushes back

Ahead of what’s likely to be another grilling tomorrow by United Nations officials over child sexual abuse, as well as matters such as abortion and homosexuality, the Vatican’s senior envoy in Geneva is projecting bravado. “We can take a few knocks, especially for the sake…

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