RUSSIA: ‘ Vladimir Putin to Meet Pope Francis on June 10 at Vatican ‘

#AceNewsReport – RUSSIA:June.04: Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Pope Francis on June 10 at the Vatican, AP reported.

The meeting will take place in the afternoon of June 10, according to the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that a meeting between Putin and Pope Francis was in the works.

 

The president is also expected to visit Russia’s pavilion at the Expo world’s fair in Milan, where June 10 has been slated as Russia’s national day.


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' Vatican's Ambassador to Dominican Republic Has Been Convicted by a Church Tribunal and Defrocked For Sex Abuse '

#AceWorldNews – ROME (Vatican City) – June 27 – The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse, AP reported.

Monsignor Jozef Wesolowski was also defrocked on Friday, in the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.

Wesolowski was found guilty by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and sentenced to the harshest penalty possible against a cleric: laicization.

He can no longer perform priestly duties or present himself as a priest.

The ex-ambassador, who also faces other charges from the criminal tribunal of Vatican City, can appeal.

(MSN) – Wesolowski is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be investigated for alleged sex abuse, and his case raised questions about whether the Vatican, by removing him from Dominican jurisdiction, was protecting him and placing its own investigations ahead of that of authorities in the Caribbean nation.

The Vatican has never said how Wesolowski responded to the charges and hasn’t provided any contact information for his lawyer.

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#dominican-republic, #vatican

` Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas Will Meet at Vatican in June ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – May 29 – Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on June 8 to unite in prayers for peace, the Vatican stated on Thursday.

Pope Francis invited the pair as he took part in a three-day tour of the Middle East, visiting the Holy Land last week.

The surprise invite was issued after a mass in Bethlehem.

Pope Francis said he hopes it will aid in the creation of an atmosphere conducive to peace talk resumption.

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Pope to meet sex abuse victims as he admits to it’s ‘Satanic Mass’


The pope has admitted it as a “Satanic Mass”

Pope Francis has likened the sexual abuse of children by priests to a “satanic Mass” – and announced his first meeting with a group of victims at the Vatican. Speaking to reporters on the plane taking him back from his Middle East trip, he also said he was in favour of celibacy for priests but that the “the door is always open” to change. In arguably his toughest statement on a crisis which has beset the Church for more than a decade, he said he would show zero tolerance for anyone who abused children. Asked about his approach to bishops who were accused of sexual abuse, he said “there will be no daddy’s boys”, adding that three bishops were currently being investigated. “Sexual abuse is such an ugly crime … because a priest who does this betrays the body of the Lord,” he said.

“It is like a satanic Mass.”


The pope met senior rabbis during his trip to the Holy Land

He said he would hold a meeting with around eight victims of sexual abuse at the Vatican early in June. It would be attended by Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston, who is leading a commission set up to study ways of dealing with the issue. Asked whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian churches, he said: “Celibacy is not a dogma. “It is a rule of life that I appreciate very much and I think it is a gift for the Church but since it is not a dogma, the door is always open.” The Pontiff went on to reveal he would travel to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January 2015. He also suggested he may follow in emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s footsteps and retire if he felt he no longer had the strength to do the job.

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Pope’s Plea For Peace During Bethlehem Visit


Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Manger Square from his popemobile

Pope Francis has made a plea for peace at the start of a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, saying the prolonged Israel-Palestinian conflict had become unacceptable.

On the second leg of a three-day visit to the Middle East, Pope Francis referred directly to the “state of Palestine”, giving support for its bid for full statehood recognition.

However Pope Francis, speaking at an official reception in the Palestinian-run city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, made clear that a negotiated accord was needed.

He called on leaders from both sides to show the necessary courage to forge a deal.


Pope Francis meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem

“The time has come for everyone to find the courage to be generous and creative in the service of the common good, the courage to forge a peace which rests on the acknowledgement by all of the right of two States to exist and to live in peace and security within internationally recognised borders,” he said.

US-backed negotiations aimed at ending the conflict collapsed last month, with the Israelis accusing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of sabotaging the talks by agreeing a unity deal with Hamas Islamists who run Gaza.

Standing alongside Mr Abbas, Pope Francis pointedly referred to him as “a man of peace and a peacemaker” before heading to Bethlehem’s Manger Square, close to where Christians believe Jesus was born, to celebrate an open-air Mass.

Pope Francis flew by helicopter to Bethlehem, becoming the first pontiff to travel directly to the West Bank rather than enter via Israel, in another nod to Palestinian statehood aspirations.

He is due to travel to Israel later in the day for several meetings, before returning home tomorrow.

8,000 police officers have been deployed in Jerusalem to guarantee his security.


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*Breaking* Accused Child Killer resigns from top Vatican office


Looking bad for the accused!

I am on this story, have been a while, this court case against the Vatican and the Queen of the UK. It is getting bad for the accused. But don’t expect main stream media to go near this! From Brussels and the Canada case

The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State
Our Mandate: (1) To legally prosecute those people and institutions responsible for the exploitation, trafficking, torture and murder of children, past and present, and (2) To stop these and other criminal actions by church and state, including by disestablishing those same institutions.

http://shaunynews.com/2014/05/16/vatican-and-royalty-cult-said-to-schedule-child-sacrifice-5-judges-issue-arrest-warrants/

http://shaunynews.com/2014/04/29/court-witnesses-testify-eyewitnesses-confirm-that-pope-francis-raped-killed-children/

http://shaunynews.com/2014/04/20/vatican-facing-united-nations-showdown-on-sex-abuse-records/

Kevin Annett: Vatican rumors Pope Francis health/resignation to avoid Satanic murder evidence
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Amidst rumours that Pope Francis, Jorge Bergoglio, may step down from his office because of his public prosecution for child trafficking and murder, one of his fellow defendants has just done so. Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolas Pachon announced suddenly this week that he will resign from his office at the next General Congress of the Jesuits.

Along with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Bergoglio and Pachon are primary defendants in an historic criminal lawsuit being conducted by the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels that commenced on April 7, 2014. Several eyewitnesses who have given their deposition to the Court claim they witnessed Welby, Bergoglio and Pachon participate in child rape and sacrifice rituals connected to the notorious Jesuit-run Ninth Circle cult, during 2009 and 2010. In a statement generally unreported by the world media, Pachon announced on May 20 that he was stepping down from his office without giving a reason. The Italian TV news agency Rome Reports called Pachon’s resignation “unusual … for one of the leading prelates in the church”.

Pachon is the third top Vatican official to resign while in office after being prosecuted by the ICLCJ for crimes against humanity. Former Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, abdicated on February 11, 2013, barely two weeks before the ICLCJ jury found him guilty of complicity in child trafficking and murder. Another primary defendant in the same case, Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, also resigned after the verdict. ITCCS Field Secretary Kevin Annett commented today from Canada, “This is yet another huge admission of guilt by some of the most powerful men in the papacy. Obviously they are not untouchable, and their whole corrupt criminal syndicate is coming down. We should all take hope from this, and see that the law in the hands of the people can topple the worst tyrants.”

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` Vatican Attempts to Subvert Justice for the Abused Children by Minimising Culpability to Vatican City ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME – Vatican – May 05 – The Vatican attempted to minimize its culpability over the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal as a UN committee on torture grilled the institution over it alleged “climate of impunity” which has prevailed for decades.

In a two-hour hearing in Geneva, the Committee Against Torture was unrelenting in its questioning of the Vatican delegation, asking about past policy decisions, the juridical distinction between the Holy See and Vatican City, and information on specific cases, Reuters reports.

The Vatican, which is set to issue a formal answer on Tuesday, said the church has been cleaning house for the past decade and was determined to protect children further with a series of measures, which they say has led to a decline in cases of sexual abuse by priests.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s UN ambassador in Geneva, maintained that the treaty only applied to the Vatican City, which covers an area of less than half a square kilometre and numbers fewer than 1,000. Tomasi said that although the Holy See can be viewed as a moral force, the “agent of justice” for crimes perpetuated against Catholics were the authorities in the states where those offences occurred.

“It should be stressed, particularly in light of much confusion, that the Holy See has no jurisdiction,” he said in opening remarks.

“The Holy See intends to focus exclusively on the Vatican City state,” he told the committee. “State authorities are obligated to protect and when necessary to prosecute persons under their jurisdiction.”

But committee member, Felice Gaer, asked if the Vatican was in fact being proactive in cleaning house internally, why had the institution’s first report to the committee been filed 9 years late. Gaer, an American human rights expert, further took issue with the church’s “alleged distinction” between the Vatican City and the Holy See, which can roughly be viewed as the central government of the Catholic Church.

The differentiation, she said, “would create important gaps in the coverage” of the treaty and is a “troubling” bit of legalese, AP reports.

“We call for all parties to adhere to the strict meaning of the convention,” Gaer told the Vatican delegation led by Tomasi.

The Vatican delegation’s appearance in Geneva marks the first time that the committee charged with enforcing the UN Convention Against Torture, which the Vatican ratified in 2002, has hauled the Holy See before its members.

REUTERS – RT – GUARDIAN – AP

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` UN Committee against Torture Who Calls Nations to Defend their Human Rights Records Calls Vatican to Account ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME – UNITED NATIONS – May 02 – The United Nations Committee against Torture, which requires nations to come before the panel and defend their human rights records, will put an unlikely subject on its hot seat next week when it calls in the Vatican.

The UN panel, which includes representatives from China, the U.S. and eight other nations, will meet in Geneva and call the Vatican to account for its record on torture and inhumane punishment in a procedure to be aired live on the Internet beginning Monday.

It’s standard procedure for all 155 nations that signed on to the committee’s convention to submit a report and come before the panel, and the Vatican is both a nation-state and a signatory.

Cyprus, Lithuania, Guinea, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay are also scheduled to appear beginning next week.

“The Holy See initiated the procedure by submitting their written report,” Felice Gaer, the U.S. representative and a vice-chair of the committee, told FoxNews.com.

At past sessions, nations that carry out or condone practices universally recognized as inhumane have been forced to defend their records.

The Centre for Constitutional Rights, which represents the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has called for the committee to grill the Vatican regarding long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, contending failures in the Holy See’s response to the scandal amounts to a violation of the convention.

While it is possible the panel will raise long-standing allegations of sexual abuse among clergy, the Vatican report focuses mostly on what the church has and has not done to stop other nations from carrying out human rights violations.

Officials for the Holy See did not immediately return requests for comment.

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Italy’s bishops pass Vatican-backed rule that child molestation does not have to be reported

Most people in Europe know the truth about why the last Pope resigned and the connection to the Crown and the Vatican. I blogged this a week ago http://shaunynews.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/historic-breaking-news-canada-vatican-crown-guilty-of-genocide/ Now I certainly know for sure the Catholic Church is a monster, many people in my family me included and a hundred+ friends have walked away from the Catholic Church because the police don’t get called when a Priest sexually abuses a kid. And although the UN said they must now tell the police, from the safety of Vatican city laws the decision has been made they don’t have to report to the police. This is sick, perverted and there is NOTHING we can do about it, their own laws in Vatican City protect them. Anyone want to debate me, I have more, but if like most of the people in my real life, you are Catholic, you don’t want to know or see, trust me. But if you do, I will tell. I am now a Freelance Journalist, I tell news you WON’T see on TV , I don’t know about the USA, Australia and elsewhere, but here in Europe and the UK we all know the truth, 100% we do

The story connecting the Catholic Church, The Vatican, Child sex and Beastuality is real and adds up. Should I blog what I have I am in trouble. The video below is by a VERY WELL Respected You Tube alternative media lad, Daboo7, he is American and actually visits sites where proof shows things. Watch the video, don’t be ignorant. My family are Catholic, they see me write this I am a bad boy, but what do I do, I promised to tell the truth, no matter what. Sadly Catholics will deny even though the proof is there.

Italy’s bishops have adopted a policy, with backing from the Vatican, that states they are not obliged to inform police officers if they suspect a child has been molested. The Italian Bishops’ Conference said the guidelines published on Friday reflected suggestions from the Vatican’s office that handles sex abuse investigations. Victims have denounced how bishops systematically covered up abuse by moving priests while keeping prosecutors in the dark. Only in 2010 did the Vatican instruct bishops to report abuse to police — but only where required by law. Italian guidelines cite a 1985 treaty between the Vatican and Italy stipulating that clergy aren’t obliged to tell magistrates about information obtained through their religious ministry. The guidelines remind bishops, however, they have a ”moral duty“ to contribute to the common good.

The ruling comes less than a week after Pope Francis appointed a former child victim as one of the first members of a new commission to help the Catholic Church put an end to clerical sexual abuse. A UN report published in March blasted what it called the Vatican’s code of silence” around abusive priests. UN children’s rights experts estimate “tens of thousands of children worldwide” have been sexually abused by predatory clerics as a result of moving, rather than reporting, paedophiles. Speaking to Il Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis said at the time: “The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility. “No-one else has done more. Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked.”

http://www.vaticancrimes.us/2013/10/i-saw-joseph-ratzinger-emeritus-pope.html

http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/THE-PAEDOPHILE-RING-THAT-ENCIRCLES-BRITISH-POLITICS.shtml

http://www.dailypaul.com/316384/italys-bishops-pass-vatican-backed-rule-that-child-molestation-does-not-have-to-be-reported

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` Pope Francis speaks about the `Assassination ‘ of Dutch Jesuit Priest ` Frans van der Lugt ‘ in Syria ‘

#AceNewsServices – ROME/SYRIA – April 09 – Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of his deep grief over the assassination of the Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt in Syria and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence.

“May the weapons fall silent! No more war, no more destruction,” Pope Francis said, SANA reported.

“He was loved and valued by both Christians and Muslims,” the Pope told some 45,000 faithful assembled on the famous Vatican piazza.

“It filled me with profound pain and made me think of all the people who suffer and die in the martyred country,” he said.

A terrorist group on Monday shot dead the priest Frans van der Lugt in his monastery in Bustan al-Diwan neighbourhood in Homs city.

Incident Details: BY CAROL KURUVILLA NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:46 PM – A Dutch priest was beaten and shot to death in the garden of his monastery in the embattled Syrian city of Homs on Monday, after refusing to seek refuge in a safer place.

Rev. Frans Van Der Lugt, a 75-year-old Jesuit priest, was dragged outside his home and shot twice in the head by a single masked gunman.

Rev. Ziad Hillal, one of the 24 Christians who lived in the monastery, said that the violence was a “premeditated act” that specifically targeted the beloved, elderly priest http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dutch-jesuit-priest-shot-dead-syria-refusing-flee-besieged-city-article-1.1749611

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` Vatican has accepted Resignation of a German Roman Catholic Prelate known as the `Bishop of Bling ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – March 26 – The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a German Roman Catholic prelate known as the ‘bishop of bling’, Reuters said.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who reportedly spent 31 million euro of Church funds on his residence, was ordered to leave his diocese last October and offered his resignation at the time.

The investigation was completed, and an apostolic administrator, Mons. Manfred Grothe was appointed to run the diocese for the time being. Tebartz-van Elst will be offered another position.

Pope Francis has asked the faithful of the diocese of Limburg to accept the decision “with docility” and to work to restore a “climate of charity and reconciliation,” according to the statement.

Italian Press and Reuters

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#church, #pope-francis, #reuters, #rome, #vatican

` Pope Francis Announces the First Eight Initial Members of a `Commission ‘to advise him on `Sex-Abuse ‘ Policy ‘

#AceWorldNews – VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis announced the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, tapping lay and religious experts – and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a priest – to start plotting the commission’s tasks and priorities.

The eight members were announced after Francis came under criticism from victims’ groups for a perceived lack of attention to the abuse scandal, which has seriously damaged the church’s reputation around the world and cost dioceses billions of dollars in legal fees and settlements.

AP

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`Pope Francis is setting up a new `Vatican’ department to oversee states economic & administrative affairs’

#AceWorldNews says a new Vatican department will be created to supervise all the city state’s economic and administrative affairs, Reuters reported.

Pope Francis is setting up the new body in the wake of a scandal at the Vatican’s main banking arm, formally known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR).

Australian Cardinal George Pell will head the department. APSA, the department which manages the Holy See’s financial holdings, will become the Vatican central bank.

The change will not immediately affect the status of the IOR.

#apsa, #central-bank, #ior, #pope-francis, #reuters, #vatican

" First Sexual Abuse Case Ever Filed against Catholic Church in Poland"

#AceWorldNews says a 25-year-old man identified only as Marcin K has filed suit against the Polish Roman Catholic Church, alleging that the church is at least partly responsible for the sexual abuse the man suffered at the hands of a clergyman who is now serving a two-year prison sentence.

It is the first time in Poland that a victim sued not only his attacker but also the church as an institution. Higher-ups in the Polish church apologized to all victims of abuse last year but refused to offer financial compensation.

The UN has called on the Vatican to “immediately remove” all clergy suspected of child abuse but, in this case, the church has said it is not liable because the priest in question acted “independently” within his parish. Marcin K is seeking 47,500 euros ($64,500) in damages as well as an apology printed in the national press.

The Helsinki Foundation human rights group is helping the plaintiff in his case.

#church, #clergy, #compensation, #financial, #helsinki-foundation, #human-rights, #national-press, #parish, #poland, #polish, #roman-catholic, #sexual-abuse, #un, #vatican

#UN : `Demands that the `Vatican Immediately Removes’ all `Clergy’ under `Rights of the Child’

#AceNewsServices says time for `Rights of the Child ‘ to be Heard’  

UN Rights of ChildThe United Nations demanded on Wednesday that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to civil authorities, in an unprecedented and scathing report.

The UN watchdog for children’s rights said the Holy See should also hand over its archives on sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children so that culprits, as well as “those who concealed their crimes”, could be held accountable.

The watchdog’s exceptionally blunt paper – the most far-reaching critique of the Church hierarchy by the world body – followed its public grilling of Vatican officials last month.

“The Committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators,” the report said.

The Vatican was expected to issue a statement on the report later on Wednesday.

Rights of a ChildThe UN committee on the Rights of the Child said the Catholic Church had not yet taken measures to prevent a repeat of cases such as Ireland’s Magdalene laundries scandal, where girls were arbitrarily placed in conditions of forced labour.

It called for an internal investigation of the laundries and similar institutions so that whose who were responsible could be prosecuted and that “full compensation be paid to the victims and their families”.

A commission created by Pope Francis in December should investigate all cases of child sexual abuse “as well as the conduct of the Catholic hierarchy in dealing with them,” the report said.

Abusers had been moved from parish to parish or other countries “in an attempt to cover-up such crimes,” it added.

“Due to a code of silence imposed on all members of the clergy under penalty of excommunication, cases of child sexual abuse have hardly ever been reported to the law enforcement authorities in the countries where such crimes occurred,” the UN body said.

At a public session last month, the committee pushed Vatican delegates to reveal the scope of the decades-long sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests that Pope Francis called “the shame of the Church”.

The Holy See’s delegation, answering questions from an international rights panel for the first time since the scandals broke more than two decades ago, denied allegations of a Vatican cover-up and said it had set clear guidelines to protect children from predator priests.

Courtesy of: Voice of Russia, Reuters

 

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#Italy “John Paul ll’s `Blood Stolen’ from Church Reports the Vatican”

#AceWorldNews says Tube of John Paul II’s blood stolen from Italy church ,a tube containing Polish Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from a church in Italy, AFP reported.

The vial was stolen on Saturday from the San Pietro della Ienca church in the mountainous Abruzzo region in central Italy, according to the Repubblica daily.

Police and sniffer dogs are sweeping the area. John Paul II and the Italian pope John XXIII are set to become saints in a ceremony at the Vatican in April.

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UN: ” Vatican and the `Rights of a Child` in Today’s World”

#AceWorldNews says UNITED NATIONS – last Thursday in Geneva a panel from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in an open hearing televised live on the Internet, grilled Vatican officials over the handling of cases of sex abuse by clergy, while neglecting to reference the many different sex scandals involving U.N. personnel that have plagued the organization for decades.

Pope Meets with UN 2013Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican official responsible for prosecuting clergy accused of sex crimes over 10 years, from 2002 until 2012, explained to the U.N. panel that it is not the policy of the Holy See to cover up sex crimes committed by the clergy.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi cautioned the U.N. panel that the legal jurisdiction of the Vatican to punish clergy criminally was often trumped by criminal laws within the jurisdiction in which the accused clergy resided.

Rights of a ChildThe Vatican ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, but did not submit any reports until 2012, when the Vatican reported it was aware of 612 new cases of sexual abuse charges in 2012, 418 of which involved minors.

Since the 1970s, sex abuse scandals involving clergy have cost the Vatican a loss of credibility across the globe, with accusations the Holy See’s reaction until recently has been to shuffle the accused clergy to another diocese or assignment in an effort to cover up rather than prosecute the crime.

Pope Francis copes with sex-abuse scandal

In December 2013, after refusing a U.N. request for information on alleged sexual abuse cases involving the clergyPope Francis announced through Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, the decision by the Vatican to set up a child sex-abuse committee involving a panel of experts charged with producing guidance of conduct for Catholic clergy and church officials.

In 2002, Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, then the archbishop of Boston, was forced to resign after accusations of sexual misconduct by priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. The resignation was triggered by particularly sensational accusations of child molestation involving Father John Geoghan tracing back to 1984 that resulted in Geoghan’s criminal conviction for indecent assault and battery on a 10-year-old boy.

Pope Francis raised further questions about the Vatican’s sincerity in prosecuting clergy accused of sex abuse when Law was given an appointment as archpriest at the prestigious Basilica of St. Maria Major in Rome.

Last Thursday, howeverin a particularly blunt homily delivered at a Vatican Mass, Pope Francis explained scandals in the Catholic Church happen because there is no living relationship with God and his Word, thus corrupt priests, instead of giving “the Bread of Life,” give a poisoned message to the faithful.

Pope Francis Radio Homily“But are we ashamed?” Pope Francis asked in the homily broadcast by Vatican Radio.

“So many scandals that I do not want to mention individually, but all of us know … we know where they are! Scandals, some who charged a lot of money [to] the shame of the Church! But are we all ashamed of those scandals, of those failings of priests, bishops, laity? Where was the Word of God in those scandals; where was the Word of God in those men and in those women? They did not have a relationship with God! They had a position in the Church, a position of power, even of comfort. But the Word of God, no!”

On Friday, the Associated Press reported Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests in 2011 and 2012 for molesting children.

In a document prepared for release to the U.N., the Vatican confirmed a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009 for alleged sexual abuse.

The AP acknowledged “a remarkable evolution in the Holy See’s in-house procedures to discipline paedophiles since 2001,” when thenCardinal Joseph Ratzinger [subsequently elected Pope Benedict XVI] ordered bishops to send to Rome for review all cases of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Et tu, U.N.?

Yet even as the Vatican is making strides to explain to the U.N. its efforts to clean house of sexual abuse, the international body head quartered in New York has its own skeletons in the closet.

On March 13, 2005, for example, Washington Post staff writer Colum Lynch reported “a culture of sexual permissiveness” has plagued U.N. peacekeeping operations worldwide for the past 12 years.

“The reports of sexual abuse have come from U.N. officials, internal U.N. documents and local and international human rights organizations that have tracked the issue,” Lynch wrote. “Some U.N. officials and outside observers say there have been cases of abuse in almost every U.N. mission, including operations in Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Kosovo.”

Meeting of MindsOn May 8, 2006, the BBC reported a widespread scandal in which UN peacekeepers were demanding “sex for aid” from girls as young as 8 years old in Liberia.

In 2008, an international scandal developed when U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti were involved in gang-rape charges in the Ivory Coast, and in 2011, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica apologized to Haitian President Michel Martelly over the alleged rape of an 18-year-old Haitian man by Uruguayan U.N. peacekeeping troops then in Haiti.

Despite a U.N. “zero tolerance” policy toward sexual abuse announced in 2003, the U.N. has focused serious attention on addressing sex crimes among more than 120,000 personnel deployed in 16 different peacekeeping missions globally, the New York Times reported in 2011.

“What do we do when those we entrust with our greatest hopes betray that trust?” asked Gerald Caplan writing in The Globe and Mail published in Canada on Aug. 3, 2012. “If the betrayers are United Nations peacekeepers, the answer seems to be nothing at all. There is distressing new evidence, most of it reported here for the first time, that foreign soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo can sexually and violently violate young girls with impunity so long as they wear that iconic blue beret or blue helmet.”

MaliIn 2013, the United Nations acknowledged in what appears to be a continuing problem for the U.N. worldwide its peacekeeping mission in Mali had received allegations of serious misconduct by its peacekeeping troops then in Mali, including an alleged incident of sexual abuse.

“The secretary-general is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and, in line with established procedure, is in the process of notifying the troop-contributing countries,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told a news briefing in New York on Sept. 22, 2013, in reference to the sexual abuse allegations against U.N. peacekeepers in Mali.

Additional Information Courtesy of Jerome K Corsi

 

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Vatican City: “Pope Benedict XVl Defrocked Nearly Four Hundred Priests for Molesting Children”

#AceWorldNews says according to the VATICAN CITY (AP) — A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.
The statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked.
Prior to that, it had only publicly revealed the number of alleged cases of sexual abuse it had received.

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UN Child Protection Experts: “Pressured Vatican to Reveal Extent of Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Priest’s”

#AceWorldNews says UN Child-Protection experts have pressured the Vatican to reveal the extent of Sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. Thursday marked the first time Vatican representatives faced such a panel since the scandals first broke more than two decades ago. Pope Francis termed it “the shame of the Church”. “The best way to prevent abuses is to reveal old ones – openness instead of sweeping offences under the carpet,” Kirsten Sandberg, chairwoman of the 18-member UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, told Vatican delegates facing the panel. “We will take your questions seriously but we are not in a position to answer now,” Vatican delegation head, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, responded at the end of the session, according to Reuters.

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” UN Inquiry into Vatican Over Priest Sex Abuse Scandal”

#AceWorldNews says the Vatican is gearing up for an inquiry over the global priest sex abuse scandal by UN committee in Geneva on its implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The treaty calls for signatories to take appropriate measures to protect children from harm. The Holy See ratified the convention in 1990 and submitted a first implementation report in 1994, but it did not provide progress reports for nearly a decade, AP said. It only submitted one in 2012 after criticism following the 2010 explosion of child sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond. Victims groups and human rights organizations pressed the UN committee to challenge the Holy See on its abuse record, providing written testimony from victims and evidence outlining the global scale of the problem.
The Vatican is gearing up for an inquiry over the global priest sex abuse scandal by UN committee in Geneva on its implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The treaty calls for signatories to take appropriate measures to protect children from harm. The Holy See ratified the convention in 1990 and submitted a first implementation report in 1994, but it did not provide progress reports for nearly a decade, AP said. It only submitted one in 2012 after criticism following the 2010 explosion of child sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond. Victims groups and human rights organizations pressed the UN committee to challenge the Holy See on its abuse record, providing written testimony from victims and evidence outlining the global scale of the problem.

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