The United Nations (UN) have called for the Vatican to “immediately remove” all priests and clergy that are known child molesters and abusers.
The UN asserted that the Holy See is aware of these acts and have remained complacent while allowing these priests to hold office and continue to sexually abuse thousands of children.
The Office of the Holy See released a response to the UN report, stating: “The Holy See does … regret to see in some points of the Concluding Observations an attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of human person and in the exercise of religious freedom. The Holy See reiterates its commitment to defending and protecting the rights of the child, in line with the principles promoted by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and according to the moral and religious values offered by Catholic doctrine.”
The “code of silence” has been the facilitator of preditors within the Catholic Church.
The UN experts from the Rights of the Child (RTC) conducted interviews with the Holy See to understand how “clerical abuse [could] go unchecked for decades” as well as the continual “refusal to admit the extent of the problem and [the Church’s] failure to adopt adequate measures to prevent further crimes.”
Schokcingly, the investigators state that “tens of thousands of children worldwide” have been victimized by members of the Church.
According to the report from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) outlines that these “well-known child sex abusers” were for years “being transferred from parish to parish in an attempt to cover up such crimes”. As a result of moving rather than reporting pedophiles, “…in many countries… dozens of child sex offenders are reported to still be in contact with children.”
This “devastating report” condemns the Vatican and “severely criticizes the Holy See” for hypocrisy in “its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion and said it should review its policies to ensure children’s rights and their access to health care are guaranteed.”
In 2013, the UN pblished a document sent to the Holy See was entitled, “List of Issues to be Taken Up in Connection with the Consideration of the Second Periodic Report of the Holy See” and detailed concerns the UN have about how children are being abused.
Requests for information included: “please indicate whether the Holy See still label children born outside wedlock as ‘illegitimate children’ and whether it has assessed the consequences of the use of such terminology on the rights of these children.”
Other demands made by the UN are for recordings concerning sensitive history of child sexual abuse perpetrated by priests and other members of the Catholic clergy.
The UN demanded the Vatican for proof that punitive actions have been taken against the priests.
The UN stated: “In light of the recognition by the Holy See of sexual violence against children committed by members of the clergy, brothers and nuns in numerous countries around the world, and given the scale of the abuses, please provide detailed information on all cases of child sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy, brothers and nuns brought to the attention of the Holy See over the reporting period.”
Some estimation finds that 95% of victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by clergymen are adult women.
Massimo DeGregori, priest for the Holy See’s diplomatic corps claims that: “While we don’t deny the gravity (of child sex abuse), someone is trying to take advantage of the UN committee procedure.”