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Irish Examiner - Ireland | 06/02/2014

UN report puts Vatican under pressure

The Vatican on Thursday rejected the criticism of the UN Children's Rights Committee of how it has dealt with cases of child abuse calling it unfair and ideologically biased, and accusing the UN of meddling with Catholic moral doctrine. Nevertheless the Church leaders will be hard put not to take action, the liberal daily Irish Examiner writes: "In the public relations war for the hearts and minds of wavering or lapsed Catholics, Francis has been a game changer, but the UN report is a direct challenge that requires something far more concrete, something far more difficult to deliver, than soothing words about the poor and the need for the Church to be humble. .... The great majority of Catholics, the millions appalled and betrayed by errant clerics, await the Vatican's response to the UN report with interest and probably some degree of justified trepidation. '"

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