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U.N. report on child sex abuse scorned by Vatican, praised by victim

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 - 01:33

Feb. 5 - The Vatican hits back at the scathing U.N. report on child sex abuse while a victim welcomes new recommendations. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The Vatican responds to a scathing U.N. report on child sex abuse. In a written statement, the Vatican says it will study the report and that it is committed to "defending and protecting the rights of the child." The report by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child says church officials kept quiet about sex abuse to protect the reputation of the church. The church also hit back about criticisms about the Vatican's opposition to homosexual activity, contraception and abortion. The Vatican called it quote "an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching... and in the exercise of religious freedom." At the United Nations in Switzerland, Miguel Hurtado, who says he was abused by his parish priest when he was 16, welcomes the report's findings. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SNAP MEMBER MIGUEL HURTADO SAYING: "I've been very touched by the recommendations and the conclusions of the report because I feel very validated." Hurtado is also a member of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SNAP MEMBER MIGUEL HURTADO SAYING: "And I think that for many time victims have been disbelieved. They have doubted our stories, they have doubted our motives, they thought that our motives were because we were after money or destroying or attacking the church." The report also advises that the church include outside experts and victims to participate in an investigation of abusers and the conduct of church officials dealing with them.

U.N. report on child sex abuse scorned by Vatican, praised by victim

Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 - 01:33

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