Category: Church Scandals

A teen was accused of abuse inside Vatican City. Powerful church figures helped him become a priest.

VATICAN CITY — The warnings started coming eight years ago, sent to some of the most powerful figures in the Roman Catholic Church, alerting them to a potential sex abuse crime that stood out from other church cases. The profile of the alleged abuser, by itself, was unusual: not a priest, but rather a teenage […]

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Pressure groups demand Church in Italy submit to external sexual abuse inquiry

Catholic groups on Tuesday accused Italy’s Church of an “institutional failure” to confront clergy sexual abuse, and demanded an independent national inquiry mirroring ones conducted in France and Germany. A collective of nine groups – seven headed by women – issued the demand during the launch of a campaign called “Beyond the Great Silence” and […]

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Italy’s Catholic Church faces pressure for independent abuse inquiry

At a trial under way in Sicily, a 28-year-old Italian is seeking justice against a man he accuses of forcing him to perform sex acts before going on to become a priest. The victim says the alleged abuse, committed more than a decade ago when he was a minor and the accused was a seminarian […]

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Italy is a Pandora’s box of abuse, says Vatican official

Pressure groups say there could be a million victims Italy is a “Pandora’s box” of hidden sex abuse by priests, a senior Vatican official has claimed as activists press for an inquiry into Italian clergy they suspect of assaulting up to a million victims. Father Hans Zollner, who is the Pope’s main expert on abuse, […]

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Time’s up for Catholic Church in Italy to reckon with clerical abuse, survivor group says

Italian activists fighting sexual abuse by Catholic clergy decry the ‘conspiracy of silence’ between the Italian church and state. VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Recent reports on the clerical sexual abuse scandals in France and Germany have put the spotlight once again on the Catholic Church in Italy, which has so far avoided confronting the history of abusive priests in […]

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Catholic nun condemns church hierarchy over failure to tackle abuse

Sister Veronica Openibo says leaders must accept they have brought disgrace upon church A nun has condemned the Catholic church’s hierarchy for its failure to tackle the scourge of clerical sexual abuse, saying leaders must concede that their “mediocrity, hypocrisy and complacency” has brought the church to a “disgraceful place”. In her speech, delivered at […]

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Activists criticise pope’s proposals to tackle sexual abuse

Pope Francis hands out 21 ‘reflection points’ at Vatican summit but survivors groups say church still has a long way to go Activists for survivors of clerical sexual abuse have criticised a list of proposals laid out by Pope Francis to address paedophilia within the Catholic church on the first day of an unprecedented summit at the […]

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Little progress since Vatican’s sexual abuse summit, say activists

Pope yet to implement crucial reforms to canon law one year on from summit The Vatican has done little to seriously address the problem of clerical sexual abuse one year on from an unprecedented summit at which bishops and cardinals heard the testimony of victims, activists have said. Pope Francis closed the four-day summit last February promising that the […]

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Benedict Faulted for Handling of Abuse Cases When He Was an Archbishop

A newly released report by a law firm said the former pope mishandled at least four cases of sexual abuse accusations in Germany. A report released on Thursday faulted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for what the authors called misconduct in his handling of at least four cases of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests when […]

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Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope

A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany’s Munich diocese has faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s BERLIN — A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany’s Munich diocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of four cases when he was archbishop […]

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