In an unprecedented report critical of the Catholic church’s handling of the clergy sexual abuse scandal, the United Nations demanded Wednesday (Feb. 5) the Vatican immediately remove all clergy known or suspected to be child abusers, turn them over to civil authorities, and hold ‘those who concealed their crimes’ accountable.
“The report by the U.N. watchdog for children’s rights targets bishops for enabling the abuse over decades. Church child sex abuse watchdogs maintain many hundreds of bishops have enabled and covered up abuse but have never been held accountable by authorities inside or outside the church.
“The UN report called on the Vatican to turn over tens of thousands of potentially incriminating documents held in its archives, according to various news reports.”
By Thomas C. Fox, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this article.
Voice of the Faithful® has always advocated for accountability for bishops who covered up the crimes of clergy sexual abuse, enabling those crimes to continue to be perpetrated for many years. The U.N. is now saying what we and other victims’ rights groups worldwide have always insisted. Under Pope Francis, we hope that such accountability will become standard, rather than the grievous omission it now is. We must point out, as well, that some will use the “telling the Church what to do” argument to downplay the entire U.N. report, including and especially the part about clergy sexual abuse.
Also of interest:
- U.N. Blasts Vatican on Sex Abuse
- U.N. Panel Assails Vatican Over Sexual Abuse by Priests
- Vatican Press Office Response to U.N. Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse
- Full U.N. Report — Concluding Observations on the Second Periodic Report of the Holy See
- U.N. Panel Blasts Vatican Handling of Clergy Sexual Abuse, Church Teachings on Gays, Abortion