Vatican reveals it has disciplined nearly 3,500 priests since 2004 for raping and molesting children and 848 of them have been defrocked

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The Vatican has disciplined 3,500 priests since 2004 for raping and molesting children, it has today been revealed.

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.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's U.N. ambassador in Geneva, has revealed that the Vatican has disciplined 3,500 priests since 2004 for raping and molesting children

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, has revealed that the Vatican has disciplined 3,500 priests since 2004 for raping and molesting children

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

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

 

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

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

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.

 

Vatican says 848 priests removed for child abuse

Tomasi said the lesser sanctions still amounted to disciplinary action.

He said that the abuser is ‘just put in a place where he doesn’t have any contact with the children.’

In January it was revealed that Pope Benedict XVI had defrocked 384 priests in the final two years of his pontificate,

He cited documentation that Tomasi’s delegation had prepared for another U.N. committee hearing that matched data contained in the Vatican’s statistical yearbooks.

Tomasi said those figures from January were ‘incomplete’ and that the data he provided the torture committee Tuesday — the first ever year-by-year breakdown of how cases were adjudicated — was complete.

He told the committee that ‘there is no climate of impunity but there is a total commitment to clean the house’ and prevent more abuse.

‘I think we have crossed a threshold so to say in our evolution of the approach to these problems,’ he concluded.

‘It’s clear that the issue of sexual abuse of children, which is a worldwide plague and scourge, has been addressed in the last 10 years by the church in a systematic, comprehensive, constructive way.’

In January it was revealed that Pope Benedict XVI had defrocked 384 priests in the final two years of his pontificate

In January it was revealed that Pope Benedict XVI had defrocked 384 priests in the final two years of his pontificate.

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