Vatican - Pope essentially rebuffs UN panel

For immediate release: Tuesday December 3, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

The Vatican is ducking and dodging a United Nations panel’s request for information about the churches ongoing clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis.

http://www.ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press-releases/vatican-responds-un-questions-sexual-violence-against-children

http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2013/12/vatican-ducks-questions-from-un-on-the-worldwide-child-abuse-in-catholic-institutions

On clergy sex crimes and cover ups, Pope Francis breaks no new ground. Like Benedict and John Paul before him, he parses words, splits hairs, hides information, and exploits legalistic technicalities.

The pope’s refusal to give straight answers and act exactly like his predecessors is especially disheartening because in so many other ways he seems like a tiny bit of fresh air. If he’s willing to bend and break some long standing church traditions, why is he so unwilling to do so about the safety of kids?

This is a simple sad story: the pope refuses to honor a deadline, tell the truth, and be accountable. New face, same outcome. Ultimately keeping children away from predators is far more important than carrying your own luggage and riding a bus.

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

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commented 2013-12-04 22:00:07 -0600 · Flag
Any time children are being abused is a crime against humanity and whatever we can do to stop it, no matter in public, private or church schools in any denomination, in the African jungles and Third World countries — it all helps the children. The more publicity against these crimes, the more safety for all children. The catholic church, because of its size and global reach is the worst offender and because it hides behind God. The catholic church has been flip flopping on who is responsible — bishops or the pope for many years. Read some of the history on my blog where I have quoted David Clohessy:
http://catholicchurchabusebynunsandpriests.blogspot.com/
commented 2013-12-04 06:07:16 -0600 · Flag
When public schools are accountable as you want the church to be then I’ll listen.
Our most powerful tool is the light of truth. Through our actions, we bring healing, prevention and justice.



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