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Yearbook 2002

Vatican City. During the year, the Vatican State tried in various ways to relate to the anger that a number of pedophile scandals within the Catholic Church, especially in the United States, have caused among the public.

2002 Vatican City

At the beginning of the year, the Vatican State decided that any new cases of pedophilia charges against the church's men would be tried in secret courts within the church's framework. According to Countryaah website, the hearings would determine whether the accused could retain his office. However, the rules received harsh criticism from those who believed that the Church was trying to protect its priests rather than the victims of the abuses.

In March, therefore, Pope John Paul II condemned pedophilia within the Church as evil. However, the Vatican denied that it had done enough of the problem. During a trip in North America, the pope then made his first direct condemnation of the pedophile scandals in a speech before hundreds of thousands of spectators in Toronto, Canada.

The American bishops later proposed a kind of zero tolerance, which meant that reasonable suspicions of pedophilia would be enough to remove the churchgoer from his office. This idea was not immediately heard in the Vatican City. In the pedophile scandal within the Catholic Church in the United States, four bishops had resigned and nearly 250 priests were dismissed or resigned. At least 300 cases of pedophilia had been reported, two priests had committed suicide after allegations of pedophilia and another priest was injured when a victim shot him.

At the end of the year, the Vatican announced that documents about its relations with Nazi Germany during World War II would be opened to researchers. Accusations have been made against the Catholic Church for not renouncing the Holocaust.

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