Vatican Decries Child Abuse at U.N. While Hushing Internal Scandals

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The Vatican denounced the scandal of child abuse before the U.N. General Assembly Monday but made no mention of the Church’s own crisis with allegations of mishandling abusers pointing to Pope Francis himself.

It “is urgent to promote the protection of children today, as children are regularly victims of armed conflict, violence, various forms of exploitation and abuse, and are exposed to hunger and extreme poverty,” said the head of the Vatican delegation, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, in his address.

“The way we care for every child shows the depth of our humanity and of our appreciation for the dignity and rights of every person,” Gallagher said.

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“For its part, the Catholic Church, at all levels, is committed not only to promoting the protection of children, but also to creating safe environments for them in its own institutions, in order to address the heinous scourge of sexual abuse and violence against children,” he added.

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