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Vatican acknowledges 'no excuse' for child abuse, says open to suggestions for improvement
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:41 AM EST
The Vatican has acknowledged there can be "no excuse" for child abuse, confronted for the first time at length and in public over the global priest sex abuse scandal.
Tomasi told a U.N. committee Thursday the Holy See welcomes any suggestions that could help it in promoting and encouraging the respect of the rights of the child.
He spoke at the beginning of a hearing at which the Vatican is being challenged with allegations it enabled the rape of thousands of children by protecting pedophile priests and its own reputation at the expense of victims.