Vatican sex abuse scandal aftermath

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The Vatican sought to limit its responsibility for the scandal by undercutting arguments it violated an international treaty against torture and inhumane.

Vatican officials said they signed the treaty on behalf of Vatican City and not the Holy See.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (NBC) - The Vatican faced its second grilling at the UN this year over the global priest sex abuse scandal.

The Vatican sought to limit its responsibility for the scandal by undercutting arguments it violated an international treaty against torture and inhumane.

The Vatican's UN ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, asserted the Vatican's responsibility for enforcing the treaty only applied within the confines of Vatican City.

Vatican officials said they signed the treaty on behalf of Vatican City and not the Holy See, the governing structure of the Universal Church.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the President of the survivors network of those abused by priests called on Pope Francis to immediately remove all those who had been credibly accused (of sex abuse) from ministry Monday.


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