Putting Church above Children - The Vatican Fails to Comply with a UN Treaty

Jesuit Father Hans Zollner leads a briefing for journalists in Rome to prepare for the Feb. 21-24 Vatican meeting on the protection of minors in the church. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

One way Pope Francis could move ahead with his aim of curbing clergy sex abuse in the worldwide Catholic Church would be to insist that the Holy See comply with the international human-rights treaty it signed to protect the rights of the child. Since nearly every country in the world (other than the United States) has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 1989 treaty sets a clear international standard for Catholic bishops everywhere. 

Abusers Organisation:: Catholic Church
Type of Abuse:: Sexual
Matter Resolved?: No, Ongoing

At least 231 children abused at Catholic boys' choir run by Pope Benedict's brother

Germany PopeGeorge Ratzinger, Benedict’s older brother, ran the famous Regensburg choir from 1964 to 1994.

 Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope Benedict Source: Matthias Schrader/PA

AT LEAST 231 children at a famous Catholic boys’ choir in Germany were victims of physical abuse, a lawyer commissioned to investigate the scandal said today.

Blind-reported child sex abuse cases may be reopened after hundreds not investigated

Denise, whose report of abuse was de-identified, says she feels let down.Child sexual abuse victim, Denise, as a child.

Hundreds of cases of child sex abuse going back decades may be reopened after the Catholic Church publicly abandoned a controversial practice known as blind reporting.

Key points:

  • Organisations reported abuse but removed name, meaning police unable to investigate
  • Over past eight years, NSW Police received 1,476 blind reports
  • Many reports relate to Catholic Church
  • Child abuse victims are now speaking out

Blind reporting occurs when an organisation passes on an allegation of child sex abuse, but strips the report of the name of the victim, meaning police are unable to investigate the report.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge has obtained documents under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws that, for the first time, reveal the extraordinary extent of blind reporting, which has potentially allowed hundreds of perpetrators to continue to abuse children.