Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse

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newsreader60 wrote:

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Feb 05, 2014 6:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
JeffUrciuoli wrote:

Not that I don’t appreciate the effort, but this is, what, about thirty years after the scandal broke? Are you sure you didn’t rush to judgement there, UN committee?

Feb 05, 2014 7:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
JeffUrciuoli wrote:

Not that I don’t appreciate the effort, but this is, what, about thirty years after the scandal broke? Are you sure you didn’t rush to judgement there, UN committee?

Feb 05, 2014 7:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
nottosmart wrote:

Before you go off the deep end, read the McAleese Report, February 5, 2013, on the Magdalene Laundries, chaired by Senator Martin McAleese.

Feb 05, 2014 8:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
tommore wrote:

The UN should be embarassed at this agressive agenda driven farcical “report”. With undoubted failures, no institution in the world has done more to protect children. Vastly effective programs in the US show independently audited results of fewer than 10 cases of abuse with a population of 63,000,000. In contrast Charal Shakeshaft reported in her President’s commission report, “a problem a hundred times worse in the public system”..which has no systematic investigations. Laughably, this report.. from the same folks who hushed up the Hearst UNAIDS report on the disasterous condom approach to the AIDS epidemic, finishes by encouraging more casual sex and the killing of more children before they can draw their first breath. The Catholic church will continue to improve its performance, but this “report” is a sick joke that will only appeal to the uninformed and of course the outright bigot.

Feb 05, 2014 8:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
Zeken wrote:

How many of these “children” were teenagers and young adults?

Abuse is abuse, but the perps in most of these cases can’t be described as pedophiles. They’re simply homosexuals. You know, the type that “progressives” want to see more of in religious orgs.

Feb 05, 2014 9:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
regan4000 wrote:

All religion is man-made nonsense.

Feb 05, 2014 9:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
Lyn4U wrote:

Sexual abuse going on by Catholic clergy a long time. My mother born in 1905 sexually abused by her own father who tried to make her a prostitute for the Catholic priests. She walked out of the house with nothing and left forever. She hated Catholicism forever and became deep Bible believing fundamentalist Christian.

Feb 05, 2014 9:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

Oh really UN…? Maybe you should get your OWN act together first.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24272839

http://www.prisonplanet.com/un_troops_accused_of_systematic_rape_in_sierra_leone.html

http://www.africanspotlight.com/2013/09/27/4-un-soldiers-rape-mali-woman/

Plenty more if you search for it.

Feb 05, 2014 9:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
Art16 wrote:

From Ireland with respect to: “UN calls for Magdalene laundries investigation, demands Vatican turn over child abusers to police” http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0205/502368-vatican-abuse/
Wednesday 05 February 2014 14.01
There are continuing brews of scandal world wide, castration of Dutch boys in Catholic Hospitals in the 1950′s, and everything in between. All of this is nothing short of a mess. The damage will never be “fixed”. Only stopping it will work, as it seems.

Feb 05, 2014 9:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

If the people that are running any Church are protecting a Priest or other official IN ANY MANNER, they should be charged with “aiding and abetting”. They should be tried and, if convicted, they should receive no less a sentence than the abuser himself.

By protecting these scum, they aid them and sometimes even transfer them to other UNSUSPECTING parishes, where the can continue to abuse even more children. It can be argued that they may do more damage than the actual abuser.

Feb 05, 2014 9:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
Art16 wrote:

Abuse of children by those sanctified in religious organizations who are assumed to be trustworthy by virtue of their espoused religious convictions and beliefs is what the UN addresses. Using the color of religion to gain access to children and to abuse them with impunity is about as low as you can get, and will toss any religious institution to the wind and wolves to satisfy their all encompassing self-love. In this case, it seems the Vatican earned this prize.

Feb 05, 2014 10:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
hardquestions wrote:

India has become the gang-rape destination of the world. UN must also demand India to address this problem.

Feb 05, 2014 10:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
Redford wrote:

This is more U.N. posturing as the de facto (and ineffectual) world government it would like to be if anyone was stupid enough to yield sovereignty to it. Perhaps the U.N. should start small before it puts on its big boy pants and begin by writing a letter to Woody Allen.

Feb 05, 2014 11:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
Redford wrote:

This is more U.N. posturing as the de facto (and ineffectual) world government it would like to be if anyone was stupid enough to yield sovereignty to it. Perhaps the U.N. should start small before it puts on its big boy pants and begin by writing a letter to Woody Allen.

Feb 05, 2014 11:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

The UN is as useless as the Vatican; just another money-sucking organization.

Feb 05, 2014 11:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
keebo wrote:

The U.N. wants to push the church toward acceptance of homosexuality yet the main thrust of their complaint is concerning homosexual behavior by the clergy – at least the majority of the abuse was due to homosexual behavior. The U.N. needs to make up its mind about approving of or disapproving of homosexual behavior. Next thing the U.N. might push for is acceptance of the Man-Boy love association.

Feb 05, 2014 11:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
hkrieger wrote:

“Get them while they’re young”
– Saint Ignatius Loyola
www.efn.org/~hkrieger/xc016.jpg

from the series, “Churches ad hoc”
www.efn.org/~hkrieger/church.htm

Feb 05, 2014 11:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillDexter wrote:

The UN has found a rich vein of money to tap.

Feb 05, 2014 11:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
RichardJR wrote:

@keebo When the behavior is not occurring between CONSENTING ADULTS, it is rape, and potentially child abuse depending on the age of the person being raped. I do actually agree that pusing religous organizations to accept homosexuality should have nothing to do with this issue, it should be strictly about rape and abuse of children, and getting justice for that.

@Zeken Don’t be an idiot, someone who abuses his position of power to take advantage of anyone, but more importantly of those who are not yet legally adults, has nothing to do with homosexuality in general. There are plenty of cases of abuse of girls and women by clergy. As a progressive, I would like to see religous organizations change their views but, in no way am I interested in forcing it on them. I do fully support same sex marriages, but, would never ask that a religous institution be forced to perform said ceremonies.

Feb 05, 2014 11:56am EST  --  Report as abuse

Starting to expose this hypocrisy is good news, now will the UN address the following:
-Child abuse in Hollywood/Media (Allan, Polanski, Salvile, Chaplin, etc..), and the cover up by Hollywood/Media “High priests/ priestess”, people like Weinstein, Clooney, Walters?
-Underage slave prostitution at the Super Bowl, cities like Atlanta, all over Germany (that of course none of the UN bureaucrats in close by Geneva know anything about). Abuse in Sports, schools, the Fashion Industry?
-In Belgium, a country notorious for hiding abusers, where child euthanasia is debated in parliament? Exactly same eugenic practice from the 1920’s, that lead to the Holocaust?
-Or in China where 100 million girls that were executed in the womb, often just before birth, for the crime of being girls?
-Killing 1 millions babies in utero as back up birth control in over 99% of cases in the US, so that Hollywood/Madison Ave self serving “belief” of no strings attached “adult pelvic rights” can trump the rights of babies to existence, lives that inconveniently result from this lucrative “belief”?
But yes, starting exposing some of this hypocrisy is good news.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID7o5L3CaRU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq-ZGktYWWA

Feb 05, 2014 12:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TruthIsKing wrote:

I see a need to push the Catholics to accept responsibility for allowing child sexual abuse. I question whether right now is the best time for a damming report like this. If this had been published 10 yrs ago, I think it would’ve done more good. This Pope is the 1st who’s even been halfway honest about there being a problem, so this coming now is like a slap in the face to his honesty.

I also am even more disappointed that the UN report failed to speak up in favor of the rights of women. Too many women die in Catholic institutions because their policies favor one life over another – the baby over the mother. There is no way Jesus would’ve condoned this behavior. The Vatican needs to be castigated over this very, very much, but this report focused solely on the child.

Sexual abuse starts with favoring one person over another. Adults who abuse children, men who abuse women, it’s always about favoring one over the other. The priests put themselves higher than the congregation, without this valuing of priests over congregants, the child sexual abuse scandal would never have been allowed to happen. This unfair valuing of one group or individual over another is something that Jesus never advocated, he told his followers to become servants of others, not to lord it over others.

Perhaps if the UN report had pointed out this basic unfairness and contradiction, it would have influenced the Vatican more.

Feb 05, 2014 1:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
yubamary wrote:

I don’t condone sexual abuse by anyone especially trusted people, but the UN should stay out of this. How come they don’t go after Thailand, India, etc. Some of those countries make lots of money from children being abused. The UN as usual is worthless.

Feb 05, 2014 1:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Redcar666 wrote:

This issue has always bothered me deeply. There are people in this world who I expect to have a higher standard of ethics than your average person. Lawyers, doctors, and politicians all have a legal obligation to abide by a strong code of ethics. However, holymen, above all, are the people I think should have the highest standards. Theire entire lives revolve around principals, morals, giving, love, and god. They offer there time, body, and soul to carry the word of god. They claim to be harbingers of truth and benevolence, but in the most contridictory way possible, they have sex with children. At this point, it’s very clear that this is not an isolated incident, and this behavior is generally accepted amongst clegymen. The Vatican (and other religous institutions) have covered it up, until now. Pope Francis has been suprising people with his more liberal beliefs and lifestyle choices. He is a man a greatly respect for many obious humilty and philonthropic way of life. That bieng said, I will loose my faith in him as a humanitarian if he doesn’t take action soon. Ideally, a Stalin-esque purge, where all the offenders are sytemetically excuted would be nice, but I’ll settle for some jail time and some good ol’ justice.

Side note: Prior to the Second Lateran Council in 1139, Catholic clergy could marry, so they really shot themselves in the foot back then.

Feb 05, 2014 3:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
man46319 wrote:

Not only has the church covered up decades of abusive practicing priests, they allowed most to continue attacking the church. These so called FATHERS should now be made to work outside the church at a real job. Pay back the church coffers and stop continuing to abuse the church now by flecking the sheep they vowed to God to SERVE. If I were the Holy Father they would all be working so hard they wouldn’t have time to think about abusing anyone. Just sayin

Feb 05, 2014 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
man46319 wrote:

Not only has the church covered up decades of abusive practicing priests, they allowed most to continue attacking the church. These so called FATHERS should now be made to work outside the church at a real job. Pay back the church coffers and stop continuing to abuse the church now by flecking the sheep they vowed to God to SERVE. If I were the Holy Father they would all be working so hard they wouldn’t have time to think about abusing anyone. Just sayin

Feb 05, 2014 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
man46319 wrote:

Not only has the church covered up decades of abusive practicing priests, they allowed most to continue attacking the church. These so called FATHERS should now be made to work outside the church at a real job. Pay back the church coffers and stop continuing to abuse the church now by flecking the sheep they vowed to God to SERVE. If I were the Holy Father they would all be working so hard they wouldn’t have time to think about abusing anyone. Just sayin

Feb 05, 2014 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
man46319 wrote:

Not only has the church covered up decades of abusive practicing priests, they allowed most to continue attacking the church. These so called FATHERS should now be made to work outside the church at a real job. Pay back the church coffers and stop continuing to abuse the church now by flecking the sheep they vowed to God to SERVE. If I were the Holy Father they would all be working so hard they wouldn’t have time to think about abusing anyone. Just sayin

Feb 05, 2014 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
man46319 wrote:

Not only has the church covered up decades of abusive practicing priests, they allowed most to continue attacking the church. These so called FATHERS should now be made to work outside the church at a real job. Pay back the church coffers and stop continuing to abuse the church now by flecking the sheep they vowed to God to SERVE. If I were the Holy Father they would all be working so hard they wouldn’t have time to think about abusing anyone. Just sayin

Feb 05, 2014 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
man46319 wrote:

Not only has the church covered up decades of abusive practicing priests, they allowed most to continue attacking the church. These so called FATHERS should now be made to work outside the church at a real job. Pay back the church coffers and stop continuing to abuse the church now by flecking the sheep they vowed to God to SERVE. If I were the Holy Father they would all be working so hard they wouldn’t have time to think about abusing anyone. Just sayin

Feb 05, 2014 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
man46319 wrote:

Not only has the church covered up decades of abusive practicing priests, they allowed most to continue attacking the church. These so called FATHERS should now be made to work outside the church at a real job. Pay back the church coffers and stop continuing to abuse the church now by flecking the sheep they vowed to God to SERVE. If I were the Holy Father they would all be working so hard they wouldn’t have time to think about abusing anyone. Just sayin

Feb 05, 2014 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
apollo1981 wrote:

As long as there are people willing to be led around like sheep, there will be false shepherds. Fortunately, younger generations won’t fall so easily for the lies. Since the church is only interested in preserving itself at the expense of children, law enforcement agencies everywhere must vigorously prosecute any further abuses to the fullest extent of the law.

Feb 05, 2014 6:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Trichiurus wrote:

So, are we finally admitting homosexuality is more than just an alternate lifestyle?

Feb 05, 2014 6:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

They should make Russian Putin next Pope… problem solved! :)

Feb 05, 2014 7:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sorrymess wrote:

In ma school days with the irish christain brothers i can never recover from the cruelty mentally that the meted out. then the phisical cruelty beatings etc for the purpose of education.
same story in goes on in many religious orders and boarding schools.
i just people do not forget that the phisical punishment is far more wide spread than the sexual crimes.
my mind boggles as nuns wee just as bad to girls. was it all a sing of the times that parents trusted these people and you got what ever punishment u deserved attitude,.cheers,

Feb 05, 2014 8:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sunnasutta wrote:

The title of this Reuters report is rather misleading. Not all of the “tens of thousands” of children were “sex abuse” victims as may be misconstrued from the headlines. It gives the wrong impression that pedophilia is rampant in epidemic proportions among the Roman Catholic celibate priesthood. Most of the tens of thousands child abuse victims were inmates of the “Magdalene laundries”. They are so-called because most of the girls were child prostitutes taken off the streets and forced to work for free in the laundries as a kind of misplaced penance for sins of the flesh. In other words, virtually all the girls were already sexually pre-abused before they were placed in the said Dickensian “charitable” institutions. It is possible that a number of the child slave laborers suffered further sexual abuse at the hands of wayward priests and nuns but the numbers are very small. The abuse that happened in the Magdalene laundries is largely of the non-sexual physical and verbal kind, e.g. beatings, long hours of drudging unpaid work, etc. Magdalene laundries were widespread in Ireland during the 19th century and early part of the 20th century and are symptomatic of the harsh and impoverished conditions in Irish society at that time. Thus, society as a whole bears as much sin as the Church in violating the rights of the Magdalene laundry children.

Nevertheless, it is undeniable that a number of pedophilic priests in Ireland, Australia and other countries around the world raped and sexually abused many young boys and girls. However, I would reckon the number of such cases is at most in the hundreds, not tens of thousands!

Feb 06, 2014 2:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
Antoniov64 wrote:

The useless UN would do better convince RUSSIA to allow it send humanitarian aid to Syrian CHILDREN dying of hunger, torture, and Russian made bombs before preaching about abortion and homosexuality. What a sick world we live in.

Feb 06, 2014 9:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
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