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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 to the Vatican’s submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on the handling of widespread sexual violence against children in the church. Today’s document addressed recent cover-ups in the Church and the Holy See’s claims to the committee that it is only responsible for what happens within the walls of Vatican City. 

Read the submission here. The Holy See is due to appear before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in January to answer questions in person.
Read the list of questions from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child here.
Read the Vatican’s response here.
For more information, visit CCR's case page.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.