The Vatican on Tuesday said it had shown its courage in the battle against child sex abuse by priests, telling a UN hearing that it was determined to stamp out the scourge.
“Any serious look at the reality around the world on what the Holy See and the local Churches are doing shows clearly and without ambiguity that certainly there is no climate of impunity,” the Holy See’s UN envoy Monsignor Silvano Tomasi said.
Hundreds of abusers have been driven out of Church ranks over the past decade, he said.
“There is a total commitment to clean the house, to change, and above all to work and effect measures that prevent the repetition of abuse. We have crossed a threshold in the evolution of the approach to this problem,” he insisted.