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Vatican refuses to share sex abuse probe details with UN panel

Published on Dec 4, 2013 11:34 AM

ROME (REUTERS) - The Vatican refused to provide a United Nations rights panel with information on the Church's internal investigations into the sexual abuse of children by clergy, saying that its policy was to keep such cases confidential.

In response to a series of tough questions posed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Holy See said on Tuesday that it would not release information on its internal investigations into abuse cases unless required to do so by a request from a state or government to cooperate in legal proceedings.

The response of the Holy See, which will be directly questioned by the panel in January 2014, will be closely watched as it tries to draw a line under financial scandals and abuse by priests that have damaged the standing of the Roman Catholic Church around the world.

Since becoming the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years, Pope Francis has largely succeeded in changing the subject after the resignation of Benedict XVI in February.

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