For the second time this year, the Catholic Church is being held accountable on a world stage for clergy sexual abuse of minors. Back in January, Vatican representatives appeared before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, after which the committee released a hard-hitting report on the Holy See's responses to clergy abuse, institutional maltreatment, and LGBTQ issues.
This week, the Catholic Church has been pressed once again to explain its response to clergy abuse. The U.N. Committee Against Torture (under the aegis of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) questioned Holy See representatives at a hearing in Geneva on May 5-6. The hearing is part of the committee's monitoring process of the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which the Vatican ratified in 2002.
For your edification, I have gathered news articles and commentary pieces on the hearings below.
New York Times: Vatican Envoy Questioned at U.N. Over Response to Abuse
Washington Post: At UN, Vatican sex abuse compared with torture
Los Angeles Times: Vatican panel on sexual abuse meets, plans to tackle church coverups
The Guardian: Vatican releases figures on how it disciplined priests accused of sex abuse
NPR: Vatican Tells U.N. Committee That Abuse Claims Have Dropped
BBC News: Vatican: States must tackle child abusers among clergy
The Center for Constitutional Rights: Understanding Clergy Sexual 'Abuse' as Torture
RH Reality Check: At UN, Vatican Continues to Claim Limited Jurisdiction on Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests
The Daily Beast: Torture the Little Children? The Catholic Church Says It’s Not Responsible