Thursday, February 06, 2014

CATHOLICISM - United Nations Report on Sexual Abuse

"Has the Catholic Church done enough to address sexual abuse by clergy?" PBS Newshour 2/5/2014


GWEN IFILL (Newshour):  The Vatican has long been criticized for its handling of sexual abuse cases, but today’s report from a United Nations panel was especially harsh.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child said the Vatican had not adequately acknowledged past crimes, and cultivated a code of silence that provided immunity for perpetrators.  The Vatican calls the report distorted and unfair, in that it ignores corrective actions taken by the church.

Here to flesh out those arguments are Reverend Thomas Rosica, chief executive officer of Canada’s Catholic Salt and Light Television Network and an English-language spokesperson for the Vatican, and Katherine Gallagher, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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