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Accountability

Much at stake for Francis in Vatican sex abuse moves

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For the first time in the decades-long church sex abuse scandal, senior Vatican officials last week  appeared before an independent outside body charged with holding it responsible for protecting children.

They took a grilling in Geneva by the U.N.'s Committee on the Rights of the Child for the Vatican's alleged failure to abide by terms of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Vatican has long insisted it isn't responsible for abusive priests because they aren't employees of the Vatican, and they repeated the excuse last Thursday.

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