Vatican defrocks 848 priests in 10 years for abuse

Vatican defrocks 848 priests in 10 years for abuse

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A car passes by Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 7, 2013 at the Vatican as cardinals are still in a meeting of pre-conclave to set the date for the start of the conclave and help identify candidates among the cardinals to be the next Pope of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

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Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 11:08 AM

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican has released comprehensive statistics for the first time on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children: It says 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade.

The Vatican's U.N. ambassador to Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, revealed the figures during a second day of grilling Tuesday by a U.N. committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty against torture.

Tomasi insisted the convention applied only inside the tiny Vatican City State. He nevertheless released statistics about how the Holy See has adjudicated abuse cases globally — and acknowledged that sexual abuse involving children "can be considered torture."

Previously, the Holy See has released inconsistent data on defrockings in its annual yearbook. Tomasi's figures provided the first year-by-year breakdown.

 

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