ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Local clergy abuse survivor will testify before the United Nations Committee Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.

St. Louisian David Clohessy, with the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests, claims the Vatican has violated a 1990 treaty pledging to put the rights of children first in all of its decision-making.

“We are presenting evidence to this committee that shows that the Vatican is basically breaking those promises and breaking that treaty,” he says.

While Clohessy says the UN does not really have much power in this case, it does have a bully pulpit to alert the world what SNAP sees as the church’s condoning of cover ups and enabling of more offenses against children.

“Really for the first time ever an international secular body will be essentially calling Vatican officials to account and to report on how they are keeping or not keep their promises around children’s well-being and safety,” Clohessy says.”

The Vatican will go before the committee next January.


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