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Vatican eats cake and dodges United Nations Child Sex Abuse Questions
With so much practice dodging questions about who in the catholic church
is responsible for sexually abusing children it was easy for the vatican to do
it again. On Tuesday the vatican dodged questions from a United Nations
committee on clerical sexual abuse. The Associated Press reporter Nicole
Winfield who has followed vatican escapades in the past said that this time the
Holy See claimed that it doesn’t control the
actions of every Catholic in the world, and every Catholic priest, parish or
school. They said that local bishops are ultimately responsible for keeping
children safe from pedophile priests.
But the vatican flip flops:whichever statement fits the purpose of the day is what you hear. In
2001, the vatican took over handling of abuse
cases because it said that bishops were failing to do their jobs. Now they are
back to insisting that the ultimate responsibility still lies with the bishops.
But if the vatican doesn’t control them why does it fire bishops – at least
some bishops: In July 2012
(Winfield, AP), the previous pope fired a Slovak bishop for mismanaging his
diocese and other bishops in Australia the Congo and Italy who wanted the
church to ordain women and married men. But would he fire bishops who covered
up for sexually abusive priests asked Winfield? We don’t see that happening.
Even while defending itself against
lawsuits and accusations that it was church policies and a culture of secrecy
that allowed thousands of children to be abused by priests over decades the
vatican is still claiming that they were not to blame.
We can see how much they are not concerned about
protecting children: the UN in 1989 implemented the Convention of the Rights of
the Child, the main UN treaty guaranteeing a full range of human rights for
children.It wasn’t until 1990 that the
Holy See endorsed the convention and they waited until 1994 to submit their
first report on what they were doing to comply with the treaty. Then for almost
a decade there were no reports. Finally, after media pressure due to the 2010
explosion of child sex abuse cases in Europe and around the world they waited
until last year and submitted one report.
So while children were continuing to be sexually abused,
the vatican took its time. They actually said that the only country they are
responsible for is the vatican state in the center of Rome where a total of 31
children under age 18 currently live. Given their lack of responsibility and
history of child abuse there should be a law that no child should live that
close to them.
Clohessy of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) said that the vatican
wants "to have their cake and eat it too" by changing their
definition of the church, sometimes saying it was run from the top-downand other times stating that only local
dioceses have control over their employees.
a shame that, once again, top Catholic officials successfully exploit legal
technicalities to keep clergy sex crimes and cover ups covered up,"
Clohessy said. "The truth is that the Vatican oversees the church
worldwide, insisting on secrecy in child sex cases and stopping or delaying the
defrocking of pedophile priests."
Pope Francis: stop giving the faithful bread and circuses
– give the children justice!