Vatican makes firm statement on sexual abuse (About time!)

The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its paedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic church was “busy cleaning its own house” and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger.

In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not paedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.

The statement, read out by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, defended its record by claiming that “available research” showed that only 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse.

He also quoted statistics from the Christian Scientist Monitor newspaper to show that most US churches being hit by child sex abuse allegations were Protestant and that sexual abuse within Jewish communities was common.

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  1. Myself and my whole family were abused by the Catholic Church within their Institutions in England. Now, as a filmmaker, I am trying to get the age of consent at the Vatican City raised from just 12 years of age. This lowest age of consent, in Europe, is completely contradictory to the Pope’s apology for the worldwide child sex abuse by the Catholic Church. This age of consent, in itself, is an abuse to children. I am just one of many victims who are trying to, through long-term strategies, eradicate Institutional Child Abuse. Many of the victims go on to take their own lives, those that don’t become dysfunctional because of their traumas. My parents were Irish Immigrants; they also suffered abuse at the hands of Catholic Institutions in Ireland.

    I’d be interested to see how many readers were aware that the Vatican has the lowest age of sexual consent (12 years old) in Europe?

    God bless the children – they are the future.
    Bill Maloney.

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