Vatican - Pope essentially rebuffs UN panel

For immediate release: Tuesday December 3, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 [email protected]

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.

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, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected])

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  • George and Jean Barilla
    commented 2013-12-04 22:00:07 -0600
    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:
  • Ron Martel
    commented 2013-12-04 06:07:16 -0600
    When public schools are accountable as you want the church to be then I’ll listen.

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