|Vatican||HOLY SEE WANTS PEDOPHILIA DECLARED CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY|
A Vatican official has proposed that the international community declare the abuse of children, especially pedophilia, a crime against humanity.|
Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, revealed the proposal Tuesday during a press conference ahead of the 14-15 October Jubilee of Families.
"In 1992 we held an international congress in Bangkok on 'The Abuse of Children in Prostitution and Pornography,'" Cardinal López Trujillo recalled. "On that occasion we requested that pederasty be declared a 'crime against humanity,' and that it be prosecuted legally as such."
If the international community had listened to the Church's proposal, he said, there would be more effective juridical instruments to combat these criminal networks.
He said: "We have been denouncing this reality forcefully for a long time... The decisive test of the state of the world is the way children are treated, the way they are educated, and the values transmitted to them."
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|6 Oct 00|