At UN, Vatican sex abuse compared with torture, Vatican Defrocks 848 Priests in 10 Years of Abuse, Disturbing new internet child abuse sees toddlers raped and burned live on webcam

May 7, 2014 Comments Off on At UN, Vatican sex abuse compared with torture, Vatican Defrocks 848 Priests in 10 Years of Abuse, Disturbing new internet child abuse sees toddlers raped and burned live on webcam

– At UN, Vatican sex abuse compared with torture
– Vatican Defrocks 848 Priests in 10 Years of Abuse
– Disturbing new internet child abuse sees toddlers raped and burned live on webcam as paedophiles use Bitcoin to stop being traced, warns police chief

At UN, Vatican sex abuse compared with torture
Monday, May 5, 2014
GENEVA — A U.N. committee compared the Vatican’s handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal with torture Monday, raising the possibility that its failure to investigate clergy and their superiors could have broader legal implications.

But the Vatican’s top envoy in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, claimed that the Holy See was getting its house in order after a decade-long effort to deal with a global priest sex abuse scandal.

“There has been, in several documentable areas, stabilization and even a decline of cases in pedophilia,” he told a committee of experts in charge of the U.N. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which the Vatican ratified in 2002.

At the Holy See’s first appearance before the committee, experts mainly peppered the Vatican with tough questions to be answered Tuesday. For instance, they asked why the report on its implementation of the treaty was almost a decade late, and why the Vatican believes its responsibility for protecting against torture only applies within tiny Vatican City, a nation of less than 1,000 inhabitants….
http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/international/2014/05/at_un_vatican_sex_abuse_compared_with_torture

Vatican Defrocks 848 Priests in 10 Years of Abuse
GENEVA May 6, 2014 By JOHN HEILPRIN and NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press

The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004.

The Vatican’s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, released the figures during a second day of grilling by a U.N. committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty against torture.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/vatican-defrocks-848-priests-10-years-abuse-23605974

Disturbing new internet child abuse sees toddlers raped and burned live on webcam as paedophiles use Bitcoin to stop being traced, warns police chief

Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, warned of depraved new trend
Paedophiles pay for sick online ‘shows’ using untraceable Bitcoin
Mr Wainwright warned that police and politicians struggle to keep up

by Kieran Corcoran  21 April 2014

One of Europe’s top police officers has warned of a sickening online trade in child torture porn.

Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, said offenders are using the untraceable online currency Bitcoin to pay for depraved ‘shows’, performed live on webcams, which see young children raped and burned.

He said: ‘The level of depravity seems to be descending year on year, frankly, including what seems to be in vogue now, which is live webcam ‘shows’ of toddlers not just being raped but being burnt with cigarettes.
Sorry, but it’s happening online and it’s extremely difficult for us to identify.’

Mr Wainwright warned that Bitcoin – a ‘crypto-currency’ based on mathematical formulae and independent of any government or central bank – is propping up a criminal black market.

He also warned that police and politicians were struggling to keep up with the pace of online crime, thanks to widespread anonymity online, and easy access to encryption technology which can make criminals almost impossible to track down….
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2609971/Disturbing-new-internet-child-abuse-sees-toddlers-raped-burned-live-webcam-paedophiles-use-Bitcoin-stop-traced-warns-police-chief.html

UN panel confronts Vatican on child sex abuse by clergy, Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner Judy Byington

January 17, 2014 Comments Off on UN panel confronts Vatican on child sex abuse by clergy, Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner Judy Byington

Vatican tells UN hearing ‘no excuse’ for child abuse
Vatican has acknowledged there can be “no excuse” for child abuse, confronted for the first time at length and in public over the global priest sex abuse scandal

By Nick Squires
16 Jan 2014

Victims of clerical abuse accused the Vatican of obfuscating and using “disingenous” arguments as representatives on Thursday came in for unprecedented public questioning by the United Nations over the Catholic Church’s cover-up of the rape of thousands of children by sexually abusive priests.

In testimony to a UN committee in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s representative, showed a degree of remorse over church sex abuse scandals, saying that “such crimes can never be justified”.

But he reiterated an argument that the Vatican has long used — that the Holy See cannot be held responsible for the actions of clergy members in countries around the world because its remit extends only to those living and working within the Vatican City State, a tiny sovereign territory where less than 40 children reside.

Priests were “not functionaries of the Vatican but citizens of their countries and fall under the jurisdiction of their own countries”, he said.

The argument was dismissed by campaigners, who said it was clear that the Vatican is the hub of the world-wide Catholic Church and issues orders to dioceses around the globe….

The Vatican has been condemned for moving abusive clergy from one diocese or parish to another, destroying or withholding evidence and failing to report suspected abuse to the police.

“The new Pope seems to be making encouraging gestures in a lot of areas, but he’s doing nothing to even begin to expose — much less reverse —decades of selfish church cover-ups that endanger kids and protect predators. It’s very disappointing. What we heard today felt like more of the same,” Ms Blaine said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/10576203/Vatican-tells-UN-hearing-no-excuse-for-child-abuse.html

UN panel confronts Vatican on child sex abuse by clergy 
16 January 2014
….The Vatican has been confronted publicly for the first time over the sexual abuse of children by clergy, at a UN hearing in Geneva.

….Last month, the Vatican refused a request from the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 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.

….”The view of committee is that the best way to prevent abuses is to reveal old ones – openness instead of sweeping offences under the carpet,” Kirsten Sandberg, chairwoman of the 18-strong CRC, told the Vatican delegation.

“It seems to date your procedures are not very transparent.”

The Vatican was asked why it continued to describe abuse as an offence against morals rather than a crime against children.

….Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said: “To prevent abuse of minors is a real, immediate concern.”

On prosecution of offenders, he said priests were “not functionaries of the Vatican but citizens of their countries and fall under the jurisdiction of their own countries”….
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25748952

Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner Judy Byington
Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, Author, “Twenty-Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill and Her Twenty-Two Multiple Personalities”; CEO Trauma Research Center and Child Abuse Recovery Speakers Bureau; Supervisor over Children Services, Alberta Mental Health; Director, Provo Utah Family Counseling Center; State of Utah Child Welfare: http://www.22faces.com  and http://www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com
http://www.examiner.com/child-abuse-in-provo/judy-byington

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