'Bishops responsible' for abuse reporting
16 January 2014 Last updated at 17:02 GMT
The Vatican is being confronted publicly for the first time over the sexual abuse of children by clergy, at a UN hearing in Geneva.
It marks the first time the Vatican has had to defend its record in a public forum.
Victims of abuse who have travelled to Geneva have described the hearings as momentous.
Dr Austen Ivereigh, a Catholic commentator and founder of Catholic Voices, told the BBC's George Alagiah that the Vatican cannot be held responsible for what it cannot control.