"These meetings are public relations coups for the Vatican and distracting placebos for others. They provide temporary but false hope."
The Committee called on the Archbishop to demonstrate the systems the Holy See has in place to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment, including rape and sexual abuse.
A federal judge issued a ruling that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee can legally prevent $57 million from going to settlements in the church's ongoing sexual abuse scandals by transferring the funds into a trust fund designed for the upkeep and maintenance of Milwaukee Catholic cemeteries.
New documents released to the public on Monday suggest that Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan attempted to protect priests accused of sexually abusing minors and redistributed church funds to prevent them being seized as assets in abuse settlements.
After a three-month trial, Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia has been found guilty of one count of endangering children in the archdiocese for which he served as secretary of clergy from 1992 to 2004. Lynn is now the first senior church official to be convicted of a cover-up in the priest sexual abuse scandals that...