Roman Catholic child abuse record under spotlight at United Nations

UN Committee Against Torture – report due 23rd May 2014

The UN committee against torture will report on today on the Holy See’s record on torture.

During exchanges on 5th and 6th May 2014 members of the committee against torture repeatedly pressed the Vatican representative on it’s record on child abuse.

The committee are likely to recognise the sexual abuse of minors and women by clergy as torture within the definition of the convention.

Committee members accused the Holy See of having effectively allowed child abuse by clerics to go unpunished with weak systems of investigation, punishment and high level failures to report allegations to the police.

Since 2001 the Roman Catholic Church has been engulfed in child abuse scandals in almost every country worldwide involving not only abuse by priests but also Bishops and the Vatican covering up child abuse.

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Leading Catholic priest in Birmingham charged with indecently assaulting child

Father Ted Simpson, a former school governor and priest at Olton Friary, Solihull, will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on May 21 when he is due to enter a plea.

A leading member of the Catholic church in Birmingham has been charged with indecently assaulting a child.

Father Ted Simpson, a former school governor and priest at Olton Friary, Solihull, will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on May 21 when he is due to enter a plea. He is currently on police bail.

The 84-year-old was arrested 14 months ago on suspicion of sexual activity with a minor. He was charged with indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 on January 15 and initially appeared before city magistrates 14 days later.

In the past, the cleric has enjoyed close links with Olton voluntary-aided catholic primary school, Our Lady of Compassion. He no longer has any association with the school, a spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.

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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for priestly child abuse

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis.

The Argentine-born pontiff said the Church, which last month named a high-level group on the scandal including an abuse victim, had to take an even stronger stand than before against the scandal that has haunted it for over two decades.

“I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil that some priests – quite a few in number, (although) obviously not compared to the number of all priests – to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” he told members of members of the International Catholic Child Bureau.

“The Church is aware of this … personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and to the sanctions that must be imposed.

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Child Abuse Reporting Rethinking Child Protection

The general public has been bewildered by the magnitude of sex abuse cases and the widespread failure by pillars of the community to notify appropriate authorities. The crime of sexually abusing children is punishable in all jurisdictions. However, what is the duty to report suspected cases by individuals in positions of trust over young people, such as in the church or university sports?

Since the mid-1980s, law enforcement has been investigating allegations of sexual crimes committed by Catholic priests against young boys and girls. These sexual abuse scandals and lawsuits have cost the Church an estimated $2 billion in settlements.1 A 2004 US Conference of Catholic Bishops report found that law enforcement was contacted in only 24% of cases of suspected abuse.2 In other cases, the church hierarchy responded internally or not at all: priests may have been counseled, evaluated, provided treatment, suspended, or limited in their priestly duties.

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