News Related to SNAP v. The Pope and Clergy Sex Abuse

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"Human rights lawyers and victims of clergy sexual abuse filed a complaint on Tuesday urging the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate and prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and three top Vatican officials for crimes against humanity for what they described as abetting and covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests." read more


"...As the legal successes have piled up, victims groups and their lawyers have worked their way up the hierarchy, turning their attention from the priests who committed the abuse to bishops they accuse of covering for them, then up the Vatican hierarchy they allege put in place a system that enabled their abusers, and finally to the Pope himself." read more

 

 
"A group representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests is asking the International Criminal Court to investigate Pope Benedict XVI and three senior cardinals for alleged crimes against humanity." read more

 
"Victims of sexual abuse by the clergy want the International Criminal Court to investigate Pope Benedict and three Vatican officials, accusing them of allowing the rape and abuse of children." read more

UN Committee Addresses Clergy Rape and Sexual Violence as Torture

May 23, 2014, New York, Geneva – Today, the United Nations Committee Against Torture found that the widespread sexual violence within the Catholic church amounted to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment prohibited by…

Understanding Clergy Sexual 'Abuse' as Torture

"On Monday and Tuesday, a United Nations committee in Geneva asked the Vatican very tough questions about its track record on preventing and punishing acts of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.…

Vatican Summoned to Report to UN Committee on Torture

April 14, 2014, New York  – Late on Friday, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), representing the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), filed a report with the United Nations Committee Against Torture…

Pope Asks Forgiveness for “Evil” of Church Sex Abuse Epidemic. Survivors Highlight Concrete Actions He Must Take If Serious

April 11, 2014 – In response to Pope Francis’s statement today asking for “forgiveness for the damage [some priests] have done for having sexually abused children" and promising “sanctions”, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which…

I Wish the Pope Would Step Up

"The first time I spoke publicly about being repeatedly raped by a priest when I was between the ages of 14 and 15 was when we announced the settlement of my case—one…

Watch Video: Katie Gallager debates Rev. Thomas Rosica on U.N. Findings

A United Nations panel has sharply critiqued how the Vatican responded to widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests, which the Vatican calls distorted and unfair. Rev. Thomas Rosica of the Catholic Salt and Light Television…

U.N. Panel Assails Vatican Over Sexual Abuse by Priests

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE FEB. 5, 2014 GENEVA — A sharply critical United Nations panel accused the Vatican on Wednesday of putting its reputation and interests above those of children who had been sexually abused by priests. It…

U.N. Expresses “Deepest Concern” over Widespread Sexual Abuse by Clergy, Finding Vatican Failed to Protect Children

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Vatican Called Before the UN

Since 1988, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has been working to help survivors of clergy sex abuse heal one another and to protect children and vulnerable adults from continuing…

U.N. Asks Vatican Hard Questions on Widespread Sexual Violence Against Children

January 16, 2014, Geneva – Today, the Vatican was summoned before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to report on its record in addressing widespread sexual violence within the Catholic Church.  Members…