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References to Written Statement Submitted to United Nations Human Rights Council March 2011

* An asterisk denotes item added after publication of the report to the UN

Criticism of the Holy See Over Child Abuse (pdf). United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Geneva: 22 September 2009 and 16 March 2010

International New York Times compendium of Articles about Catholic Child Abuse throughout the world and the Vatican response to it

Reuters summary of eight countries

Vatican Aide Affirms Need to Handle Abuse Cases in Rome "Highlights Church's Efficacy After 2001 Decision"

How secrecy shielded the Legion of Christ from the law* Excerpts from Les nouveaux soldats du Pape. Légion du Christ, Opus Dei, traditionnalistes (The new soldiers of the pope: Legion of Christ, Opus Dei, the traditionalists) Caroline Fourest and Fiammetta Venner

Austria

Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer Disgraced Archbishop of Vienna Independent, 27 March 2003

Belgium

Abuse Took Years to Ignite Belgian Clergy Inquiry New York Times, 12 July 2010

Sex Abuse Victims Heard in Belgium New York Times 11 September 2010

Belgian Cardinal Didn't Silence Abuse Case – Semi official denial Zenit, 30 August 2010

Canada

Church, RCMP disagree over filing charges Western Star, 27 May 2010

Germany

How the German Catholic Church Protected a Pedophile Priest Spiegel, 24 April 2009

Pope Accepts Resignation: First Bishop Accused Of Sexual Abuse In Germany Spiegel, 10 May 2010

Bishop Resigns Amid Claims of Violence and Financial Irregularities Spiegel, 22 April 2010

The Bishop's Silence: German Abuse Victim Accuses Catholic Church of Failing to Investigate Spiegel, 20 April 2010

Breaking the Silence: Merkel Calls Church Abuse 'Abhorrent' Spiegel, 17 March 2010

Shame and Fear: Inside Germany's Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandal Article formerly on Der Spiegel site (scroll down to English section)

Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys New York Times, 24 March 2010

Future Pope's Role in Abuse Case Was Complex New York Times, 26 April 2010

Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal New York Times, 1 July 2010

Money for silence* By Conny Neumann and Peter Wensierski
Translation of "Schweigen gegen Geld", Der Spiegel, 17 September 2007

Ireland

Incriminating 1997 letter from Nuncio to Irish Bishops to dissuade them from reporting abuse to secular authorities (PDF)

Murphy requests 'offended' Vatican Irish Times, 11 December 2010

An abuse too far by the Catholic church Guardian, 21 May 2009

Irish Bishop: Priest Wasn't a Mass Murderer – Semi official denial Zenit, 30 August 2010

Fury as church withholds abuse complaints from own watchdog* (as in Philadelphia also) Irish Independent, 12 May 2011

Latest actions show church is unreformable* The Irish Times, 12 May 2011

The last two entries above relate to this report: National (Irish) Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church, Annual Report 2010

Mexico

Abuse Case Offers a View of the Vatican's Politics New York Times, 2 May 2010

Netherlands

Dutch Panel Found 2,000 Church Abuse Claims New York Times, 9 December 2010

Portugal

Six Convicted of Sexual Crimes at Portuguese Children's Home New York Times, 3 September 2010

United Kingdom

Child abuse priest jailed for 21 years Independent (ex Press Association), 22 October 2010

Catholic priests convicted for child abuse remain in the priesthood Channel 4, 15 September 2010

United States

Incriminating 1984 letter from Vatican to Bishop of Tucson forbidding release of abusers personnel files to secular authorities (PDF)

Archdiocese in U.S. to seek bankruptcy protection – Chapter 11 evasion USA Today, 4 January

Awareness of serious problems traced back to 1952 New York Times (ex Associated Press), 2 April 2009

Vatican's top American has mixed record on sex abuse USA Today, 14 May 2010

John Jay College of Criminal Justice report (PDF)

Alaska: Missionary's Dark Legacy LA Times, 19 November 2005

United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Associated Press, 15 July 2010

Philadelphia Secretary for Clergy charged with "endangering the welfare of a child"

Philadelphia 37 priests named, 21 suspended* Associated Press, 8 March 2011

Philadelphia 37 accused priests still serving having passed review board* New York Times, 26 March 2011

Philadelphia defendants also charged with conspiracy* New York Times, 26 March 2011

Archdiocese of Philadelphia – multiple cases concealed by Archdiocese from Sexual-Abuse Review Board* (as in Ireland also) Commonweal magazine, 12 May 2011

Church report on abuse blames the 1960s but report denounced as evasive, deceptive and self-serving* New York Times, 17 May 2011

(Lawyer describes above report as "hogwash")

Bishops Conference Still Fails To Discipline Any Transgressors* New York Times, 14 June 2011

Missouri bishop convicted for failing to report child abuse * San Francisco Chronicle, 7 September 2012