Despite the friendly facade of Pope Francis, the Vatican continues to protect and enable pedophile priests engaged in the sexual abuse of children, according to a scathing report issued by the United Nations.
The UN report demands that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers, and turn them over to government authorities for criminal prosecution.
In the unprecedented report the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said Catholic Church officials had imposed a “code of silence” on clerics to prevent them reporting attacks to police, and moved abusers from parish to parish “in an attempt to cover up such crimes.”
The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Vatican for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children. The report 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.”
The report said:
The UN report demonstrates that Pope Francis has failed to address in any meaningful way the sexual abuse of children by clergy. As Pope, Francis continues the Catholic tradition of protecting pedophile priests from criminal prosecution, allowing the cancer that has destroyed any moral authority the church may have once claimed to continue to metastasize and fester.
“The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators.”
The report offers compelling evidence that Pope Francis, and the Vatican, continue to protect and enable pedophile priests engaged in the sexual abuse of children. Francis may be a likable and charismatic leader, but he represents a product that is toxic, and obnoxious to reason and human decency. By continuing to protect and enable pedophile priests, Pope Francis indirectly sanctions and promotes the rape and sexual abuse of children.
“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”