A U.N. committee on torture repeatedly asked Vatican officials about efforts to investigate allegations of clerical sex abuse, to punish offenders and to cooperate with civil authorities.
The online news source Inside Higher Ed is moving a story this morning that says Miguel H. Diaz, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican from 2009-2012, was investigated for sexual harassment by the University of Dayton, the Marianist university where he has been teaching since leaving government service.
See the story: Unwanted Advances.
The new sex abuse commission sets sights on "superiors of the church [who] have not fulfilled their obligations to protect children."
As Vatican representatives prepare to testify before a United Nations inquiry into torture next week, a senior official warned investigators that it would be "deceptive" to link torture with the pedophilia scandals that have swept the Catholic church.
The Vatican's chief spokesman, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, said Friday that the Convention Against Torture, endorsed by the Vatican in 2002, was one of the most important in the U.N.'s ambit.
There are still major hurdles before the Milwaukee archdiocese's bankruptcy plan is presented for a vote by claimants, of whom 575 are survivors of sexual abuse.
The chairman of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church pledged to be a "critical conscience" in the church in Ireland.
Ahead of Pope Francis' first meeting with his panel charged with tackling the clergy abuse scandal, victims are demanding the church take immediate action to expose perpetrators.
"Why would Pope Francis, who's trying to clean up the church, pick a man ... who has done so much harm to so many by his actions?"
In his deposition, Fr. Kevin McDonough did a little of everything. But mostly, he steadfastly defended the decisions he made his time at the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
Commentary: The statements coming out of the Vatican that say Pope John Paul II didn't know about the sex abuse crisis are patently ridiculous.