May 06, 2014
By Michael Kramer
The Vatican has responded to the United Nations by releasing – for the first time – statistics on how the Roman Catholic Church has disciplined priests who were accused of raping and molesting children.
The Holy See says over the past decade – 848 priests have been defrocked.
Another 2,572 have been given lesser sanctions.
The unprecedented release of the figures came during a second day of intense investigation today by a committee monitoring the implementation of the U.N. Treaty Against Torture.
The Vatican’s U.N. ambassador to Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi acknowledged that sexual abuse involving children: “can be considered torture.”
Up to now the Vatican – in its annual yearbook – has released inconsistent data on the defrocking of priests.
The figures provided to the U.N. are the first year-by-year breakdown .