United Nations panel questions Vatican on child sex abuse


A United Nations panel is asking the Vatican to detail its record of responding to child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child recently asked Catholic Church leadership to “provide detailed information on all cases of child sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy, brothers and nuns.”

Vatican leaders will go before the committee next January as part of a periodic requirement for members that ratified the 1990 UN Convention the Rights of the Child.

The U.N. committee’s “List of Issues” for the Vatican include what steps church leaders took to “ensure that no member of the clergy currently accused of sexual abuse be allowed to remain in contact with children,” how the church dealt with priests accused of abuse, how victims of abuse were compensated and whether those victims were required to sign confidentiality agreements.