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The Gospel of Winter

by Brendan Kiely

The Gospel of Winter
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    Jan 2014, 304 pages
    Feb 2015, 304 pages

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U.N. Committee Presses Vatican Regarding Pedophile Priests

convention on the rights of the child logoIn 2014, the Catholic Church took heat from a United Nations committee investigating its compliance with practices outlined in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The Convention, which establishes international standards for the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children, was ratified in 1990 and is enforced by the U.N. committee that convened in January 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. Specifically, the committee was interested in whether or not the Holy See, the episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church, has implemented its directives regarding the dispatch of priests known to have engaged in child sexual abuse.

The Church's initial response was to disclose that in 2011-2012, then-Pope Benedict XVI defrocked some 400 priests, reportedly for pedophilia. This is considered a dramatic uptick from the 171 priests that were defrocked in 2008-2009. But it is still regarded by many as a mere token action since the number included none ...

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