April 2, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Supreme Court of Israel blocked a controversial government proposal on Thursday to extend the West Bank separation barrier through the historic Cremisan valley. Israel has been building the barrier to prevent Palestinian attacks in Israel. The Israeli Defense Ministry had planned to extend the ...[read more]
May 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Vatican appeared before the Geneva committee that oversees the UN Convention Against Torture on Monday, arguing that a strict interpretation of the convention limited the church's responsibility for the international priest sex abuse scandal. The universal governing structure of the Catholic ...[read more]
February 5, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) released a report Wednesday condemning the Holy See for its handling of allegations regarding sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. The report calls on the Vatican to remove all priests who have, or are suspected of committed acts of ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Thursday criticized the Vatican on the its handling of child sex abuse. During questioning in Geneva, committee member Sara Oviedo forced Vatican officials to acknowledge that the Holy See had been slow to react to allegations of ...[read more]
October 6, 2012
by Max Slater
A three-judge panel in Vatican City on Saturday sentenced the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI to eighteen months in prison for leaking confidential papal documents. Paolo Gabriele was convicted on charges of theft for stealing confidential papers from the Vatican, photocopying them and passing ...[read more]
September 13, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On September 13, 2011, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed an International Criminal Court (ICC) complaint against Vatican officials for systematic sexual abuse and the concealment of such incidents. The complaint was filed on behalf of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( ...[read more]
August 21, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled in favor of the Vatican on Monday by holding that priests are not employees of the Holy See, the ecclesiastical, governmental and administrative capital of the Roman Catholic Church. The 10-year-old case was brought by a Seattle- ...[read more]
February 8, 2012
by Jennie Ryan
The Vatican sex crimes prosecutor warned bishops on Wednesday that they must follow rules in place for protecting victims of sexual abuse in the church or they risk being sanctioned. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the church appointed prosecutor in the ongoing clergy sex abuse scandals, issued his ...[read more]
October 29, 2011
by Cody Harding
On October 29, 2010, the European Commission (EC) announced that the Vatican would implement EC laws against money laundering and financial fraud. The agreement was reached after Italian law enforcement officials alleged financial improprieties on behalf of the Vatican, and seized €32 ...[read more]
September 13, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Tuesday filed an International Criminal Court (ICC) complaint against Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, for systematic sexual abuse and subsequent concealment of over 10,000 incidents. The group filed the complaint on behalf of clergy sex ...[read more]

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