It may surprise many, but under Pope Francis the Holy See
has been continuing the agenda of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI," said Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice.
The research draws its evidence directly from the statements of the Permanent Observers of the Holy See
in the UN.
The Committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See
has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators," the report said.
The Holy See
is the universal government of the Catholic Church and operates from Vatican City State, a sovereign, independent territory.
The Holy See
refused to provide the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which is monitoring the Vatican's implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, with detailed information on a series of sexual abuse cases dating back to 1995.
Since then, Beijing has requested the pontiff to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan, emphasizing it will only be willing to improve ties with the Vatican under two conditions: the Holy See
cuts off diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and the Pope stops intervening in China's religious affairs.
Palestinian officials have expressed concern over the meeting between the Holy See
and Israel and the results concerning the state of East Jerusalem.
In July, the Vatican took the highly unusual step of recalling its ambassador to Ireland after Prime Minister Enda Kenny accused the Holy See
of obstructing investigations into sexual abuse by priests.
The Government expects the fullest cooperation from the Holy See
, the Catholic Church in Ireland and all other relevant bodies with a view to ensuring that Ireland is a society fully safe for children and minors," it added.
The recalling of the nuncio," Benedettini said, is "a measure rarely used by the Holy See
" and "denotes the seriousness of the situation, and the desire of the Holy See
to deal with it with objectivity and determination.
As the central government of the Catholic Church, the Holy See
operates out of the world's smallest sovereign state, Vatican City.
In denying the Holy See
's motion to dismiss, Judge Michael Mosman held that the Holy See
is not entitled to immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act because, "without warning parishioners of a known danger, [the Holy See
] placed a priest it knew to be a child molester in a position in which, for the third time, he would have private access to minors.
The letter from the Holy See
, dated April 2001, reported widely in the last few days, concerns the procedures of church tribunals and their disciplines and penalties.
The Holy See
has acquired such recognition and authority primarily because of its long-standing involvement in world affairs over the last thousand years.
Your contacts with various agencies of the Holy See
and with myself personally have been much appreciated, and have shown how close the cause of refugees is to your heart,'' the pontiff wrote.