Holy See exonerated of torture charges by United Nations
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/23/2014 (2 years ago)
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A United Nations anti-torture committee says that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture. "The committee's observations are "an acknowledgement of the good faith efforts of the Holy See to comply (with) always and to advance the Convention Against Torture," Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See's permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, says.
"The committee's observations are "an acknowledgement of the good faith efforts of the Holy See to comply (with) always and to advance the Convention Against Torture," Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See's permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, says.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The U.N. Committee on the Convention Against Torture released an advanced unedited version of its concluding observations this week.
"The committee did not conclude that the Holy See, its officials, and those acting on its behalf, in conjunction with it, or under its direction or control have violated the Convention Against Torture," the Holy See stressed in a communique.
Pray for the victims of abuse.
Many positive findings were discovered, which proved that the committee acknowledges "the good faith efforts of the Holy See to comply with the Convention Against Torture, to institute reforms to prevent sexual abuse; and to compensate and facilitate the care and healing of sexual abuse."
The committee observations cited the Holy See's "clear condemnation" of the use of torture and noted Pope Benedict XVI's 2007 statement to prison chaplains that the prohibition against torture "cannot be contravened under any circumstances."
The U.N. committee acknowledged that the Holy See, Catholic dioceses and religious orders have instituted "important efforts" to prevent sex abuse.
The committee also welcomed Pope Francis' comments on sex abuse on April 11, 2014, when he told the International Catholic Child Bureau. "We will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem and the sanctions that must be imposed. On the contrary, we have to be even stronger."
The committee said the Holy See should ensure effective monitoring of accused clergy, prevent the transfer of clergy who face credible abuse accusations, and report allegations to civil authorities.
The committee also noted that the Holy See should ensure its officials react properly to credible allegations and should sanction any official who fails to do so.
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