SEX ABUSE BY ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY
A secret Vatican document of 1962
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
the Vatican issued a secret document, "Crimen Sollicitatiois"
(In English: "The Crime of Solicitation") during 1962. 1
"It instructs them how to deal with priests who solicit sex from the
confessional. It also deals with 'any obscene external act ... with youths
of either sex'."
"It imposes an oath of secrecy on the child victim, the priest dealing with
the allegation, and any witnesses." 2
According to the Evening Standard, a UK newspaper:
"The document recommended that rather than reporting sexual
abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the
victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims
quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the allegations they would be
"The [BBC] Panorama special, Sex Crimes And The Vatican... accuses
the Catholic Church of knowingly harbouring paedophile clergymen. It reveals
that priests accused of child abuse are generally not struck off [i.e.
fired] or arrested but simply moved to another parish, often to reoffend. It
gives examples of hush funds being used to silence the victims." 3
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Text of "Crimen Sollicitatiois," English translation,
(1962) Pages 5 to 60, at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk This is a PDF file.
You may require software to read it. Software can be obtained free from:
"Sex crimes and the Vatican," Panorama, BBC One,
"Pope "led cover-up of child abuse by priests'," Evening
Standard entertainment guide, 2006-SEP-30, at:
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/ Caution: when we viewed this article using a
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Copyright © 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2006-OCT-08
Latest update: 2006-OCT-08
Author: B.A. Robinson