Well, the UN released their findings upon investigating the Catholic Church’s handling of sex abuse cases. It turns out that for being the lords of morality, the Catholic Church kind of sucked.
In its findings, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) said the Holy See should open its files on members of the clergy who had “concealed their crimes” so that they could be held accountable by the authorities.
It said it was gravely concerned that the Holy See had not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, and expressed its “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”.
It also lambasted the “practice of offenders’ mobility”, referring to the transfer of child abusers from parish to parish within countries, and sometimes abroad.
The committee said this practice placed “children in many countries at high risk of sexual abuse, as dozens of child sexual offenders are reported to be still in contact with children”.
And it didn’t stop there:
Ireland’s Magdalene laundries scandal was singled out by the report as an example of how the Vatican had failed to provide justice despite “slavery-like” conditions, including degrading treatment, violence and sexual abuse.
The laundries were Catholic-run workhouses where some 10,000 women and girls were required to do unpaid manual labour between 1922 and 1996.
The report’s findings come after Vatican officials were questioned in public last month in Geneva about why they would not release data and what they were doing to prevent future abuse.
But don’t worry, the Vatican has a perfectly reasonable explanation for why they didn’t want to release that data:
The Vatican has denied any official cover-up. However, in December it refused a UN request for data on abuse on the grounds that it only released such information if requested to do so by another country as part of legal proceedings.
Releasing that information to create transparency/accountability is just unthinkable. The Vatican was waiting until it was legally forced to do so, just like you’d expect god’s appointed moral arbiters to do.
Sadly, the UN’s findings are not binding in any way. The whole point was to get the truth confirmed and out in the open – and we’ve seen just how good religions, specifically the Catholic Church are at getting people to gloss over the facts in favor of the “truth” as the Catholic Church tells it.