World Bulletin / News Desk
The Vatican, responding to a scathing U.N. report on sexual abuse of children by priests, said on Wednesday the Roman Catholic Church was committed to "defending and protecting the rights of the child".
A statement said the Vatican would submit the U.N. report to "thorough study and examination".
But it also said the world body was interfering in Catholic moral teachings because the report criticised its positions on homosexuality, contraception and abortion.
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) accused the Vatican of systematically adopting policies allowing priests to get away with abusing thousands of children and warned them to immediately remove all child abusers.
Expressing 'great concern' that the Vatican hasn't addressed the extent of the problem, the UNCRC also urged the Vatican to open the files of clergymen who have concealed their crimes so that they can be held accountable.
The report stated the UNCRC's 'deepest concern about child sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic churches who operate under the authority of the Holy See, with clerics having been involved in the sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children worldwide.'
Although the Vatican has set up a committee to deal with the problem, its recommendations are non-binding and there is no enforcement mechanism. Last month, the Vatican also refused to release data collected regarding child abuse cases and information on the measures they would take to prevent it.Last Mod: 05 Şubat 2014, 17:40