Latest Vatican Sex Abuse News: Policies, Proceedings, and Pedobear

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Pedobear graffiti, a pop culture symbol denoting paedophilia, are seen on a billboard promoting Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming papal visit to Malta, in Marsa, outside Valletta, April 12, 2010. Security around the Pope is to be stepped up for his visit to Malta this coming weekend amid fears of protests over the child abuse scandals, according to international media. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (MALTA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS RELIGION) MALTA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN MALTA

Today, the Vatican added one sentence to a draft of guidelines previously obtained by the Associated Press that directly tells its clergy to report sex abuse crimes to civil authorities. Why this language hadn’t existed in the first draft was not explained. The new language conforms to the directive given to the Irish bishops last month to cooperate with civil investigations of abuse charges. Reactions to the update fell along expected lines. Church authorities welcomed it as if it were the status quo while the abuse survivors protested it as an insufficient response to the previous decades of secrecy surrounding the issue of priests and nuns sexually and physically abusing people in their charge.

In related news, prominent atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have asked a group of human rights lawyers to draft an argument to initiate criminal proceedings against Pope Benedict XVI. Using an approach similar to that which led to the arrest of Augusto Pinochet in Great Britain in 1998, they believe, would permit the Pontiff to be arraigned on charges stemming from his involvement in the cover-ups. As the Pope is not an official head of a country recognized by the United Nations, they claim he lacks diplomatic immunity.

 

Also, advertisements for the upcoming Papal visit to Malta were attacked by graffiti vandals. Pedobear, a character originated on the Internet forum 4chan that symbolizes pedophilia, was stenciled on two billboards in Marsa, outside Valletta. The Malta press mistook Pedobear for a panda.

 

 

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