The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a critical report yesterday, accusing the Papacy of actions that have allowed the continuation of child abuse.
The report charges that the Vatican “has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators.”
NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli indicates that “the report came after a day-long interrogation of Vatican officials on the Holy See’s handling of the global sex abuse scandals. … The officials were asked why church authorities repeatedly covered up cases of abuse of children by priests. The Vatican insists it is not responsible for abusive priests, saying local bishops are.”