Aboard the papal plane: Pope Francis said he will meet with six to eight sex abuse victims and confirmed an investigation of the Vatican's former secretary of state.
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The U.N. Committee Against Torture urged the Vatican to impose "meaningful sanctions" on any church authority who fails to follow church law in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse.
Fr. Israel Berrios was arrested Tuesday by federal authorities for allegedly transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and sexual trafficking of minors.
Fr. Harry Quigg continued to perform baptisms, weddings and funerals despite being removed from ministry after abuse allegations in 2004. How? The archbishop at the time never revealed his name.
The Vatican has effectively addressed the "worldwide scourge" of clerical sexual abuse over the past decade, a United Nations panel heard Tuesday.
A U.N. committee on torture repeatedly asked Vatican officials about efforts to investigate allegations of clerical sex abuse, to punish offenders and to cooperate with civil authorities.
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As Vatican representatives prepare to testify before a United Nations inquiry into torture next week, a senior official warned investigators that it would be "deceptive" to link torture with the pedophilia scandals that have swept the Catholic church.
The Vatican's chief spokesman, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, said Friday that the Convention Against Torture, endorsed by the Vatican in 2002, was one of the most important in the U.N.'s ambit.
There are still major hurdles before the Milwaukee archdiocese's bankruptcy plan is presented for a vote by claimants, of whom 575 are survivors of sexual abuse.
The chairman of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church pledged to be a "critical conscience" in the church in Ireland.