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]
January 8, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Monday was ordered to release its files on child abuse by its employees with full disclosure on all subject matter, totaling nearly 30,000 pages of documents and more than 200 priests named in the allegations. Judge Emilie Elias of the Superior ...[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]
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]
November 8, 2011
by Max Slater
A UK court ruled Tuesday that Catholic priests qualify as employees, meaning that the Catholic church could be held liable for sexual abuse by clergy members. A 47-year-old woman filed suit against the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust claiming that she was sexually abused by the Reverend ...[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 million... ...[read more]
September 26, 2011
by John Paul Putney
The abuse of Irish children by members of the clergy, revealed by four state-sponsored reports, included acts that amounted to torture, Amnesty International said Monday. Aimed at why the abuse occurred, the report, titled In Plain Sight, calls attention to those who "turned a blind eye" to the ...[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]
June 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 7, 2006, a federal judge in Oregon allowed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Church to move forward, rejecting the Vatican's bid to dismiss the suit for lack of jurisdiction. The ruling allowed a Seattle-area man to continue with his claim that the Holy See is liable for ...[read more]
April 12, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On April 12, 2010, the Vatican released official Church procedures for handling alleged cases of sexual abuse by priests, ordering that, "Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed." However, the Vatican also reserved the discretionary power ...[read more]

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