News Related to SNAP v. The Pope and Clergy Sex Abuse

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"Human rights lawyers and victims of clergy sexual abuse filed a complaint on Tuesday urging the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate and prosecute Pope Benedict XVI and three top Vatican officials for crimes against humanity for what they described as abetting and covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests." read more


"...As the legal successes have piled up, victims groups and their lawyers have worked their way up the hierarchy, turning their attention from the priests who committed the abuse to bishops they accuse of covering for them, then up the Vatican hierarchy they allege put in place a system that enabled their abusers, and finally to the Pope himself." read more

 

 
"A group representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests is asking the International Criminal Court to investigate Pope Benedict XVI and three senior cardinals for alleged crimes against humanity." read more

 
"Victims of sexual abuse by the clergy want the International Criminal Court to investigate Pope Benedict and three Vatican officials, accusing them of allowing the rape and abuse of children." read more

Vatican facing UN showdown on sex abuse record

By Associated Press VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced to defend itself publicly for the first time against allegations it enabled the…

Pope Francis’ Vatican to Be Grilled by U.N. on Child Sex Abuse Read more: Vatican to Face U.N. Committee on Its Child-Sex-Abuse

Officials representing the Holy See will for the first time face questioning by a U.N. committee on the Vatican's child-sex-abuse record. Pope Francis has won over many critics in his brief time as head of the…

Survivors Challenge Vatican at UN on Clergy Sex Cases

December 11, 2013, New York – Today, as Pope Francis was named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) formally responded…

Vatican Responds to UN Questions on Sexual Violence Against Children

December 3, 2013, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which represents SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), released the following statement on the Vatican’s response to a set…

The Days of Impunity for Vatican Officials Are Numbered

by Pam Spees, Center for Constitutional Rights Staff Attorney Last week, for the first time ever, an international body asked questions about the Vatican’s handling of widespread and systemic rape and sexual violence.  Last Wednesday, survivors…

Survivors of Sexual Violence by Clergy Gather in Geneva for Meeting with UN Committee on Rights of the Child

June 18, 2013, Geneva – Tomorrow, representatives from SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and human rights NGO the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) will meet with the United Nations Committee on…

Vatican Summoned Before UN Committee on Rights of the Child

February 28, 2013, New York and Rome – Today, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an alternate report to the United Nations Committee on…

Pope’s Resignation May Make International Prosecution Easier

February 11, 2013, New York – In response to news that Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the statement below. The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a case with…

September 13 Marks One-Year Anniversary of International Criminal Court Filing on Vatican Officials for Crimes Against Humanity

September 13, 2012, New York - Since the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) filed a formal request for an investigation one year ago to the prosecutor…

New Maciel Revelations on the Heels of Papal Visit to Mexico

New Maciel Revelations on the Heels of Papal Visit to Mexico Underscore Need for Accountability at the Very Top of the Roman Catholic Church Recent Report Shows Mexico a Destination for Priests Escaping Charges of Rape…