Vatican reveals it has disciplined nearly 3,500 priests since 2004 for raping and molesting children
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Vatican reveals it has disciplined nearly 3,500 priests since 2004 for raping and molesting children


From The Mail online

Almost 850 of the priests have been defrocked and 2,572 have been given lesser sanctions - such as a 'lifetime of penance and prayer' - over the past decade.

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

He said that since 2004, more than 3,400 credible cases of abuse had been referred to the Vatican.

In 2013 alone, 401 cases were recorded.

He said that over the last decade, 848 priests had been defrocked, or returned to the lay state by the pope.

Another 2,572 were sentenced to a lifetime of penance and prayer or some other lesser sanction, which is often used when the accused priest is elderly or infirm.

Tomasi insisted the convention applied only inside the tiny Vatican City state.

But he released statistics revealing how the Holy See has adjudicated sex abuse cases globally, and significantly, he did not dispute the committee's contention that sexual violence against children can be considered torture.

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