Panel on Torture Presses Vatican Envoy on Response to Abuse

GENEVA — The Vatican faced sharp questioning by a United Nations panel on Monday about whether it had failed to abide by an international treaty against torture in its response to the sexual abuse of children by priests.

In the hearing, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s representative in Geneva, immediately found himself at odds with members of the panel, the Committee Against Torture, over the Holy See’s view that it is responsible for applying the treaty only to the few hundred inhabitants of the Vatican City state.

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