Vatican refuses to give UN panel full details of clerical sex abuse cases


Verehrungswürdige Puppe. Themenbild
Verehrungswürdige Puppe. Themenbild
Holy See angers campaigners by not disclosing information requested by UN committee on the rights of the child

By Lizzy Davies|theGuardian

The Vatican has refused to give a United Nations panel information it requested on clerical sex abuse, in a move that it said was part of its confidentiality policy but which was criticised as „a slap in the face“ for victims.

In a series of questions asked in the runup to a public hearing scheduled for January, the UN committee on the rights of the child had requested the Holy See provide details of abuse cases and specific information concerning their subsequent investigation and handling.

But, in its response, the Holy See said that although it had answered the questions in a general way, it was not its practice to disclose information on specific cases unless requested to do so by another country as part of legal proceedings.

In the 24-page document, the Holy See said it had been „deeply saddened by the scourge of sexual abuse“ and regretted the involvement of some members of the Catholic clergy.

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