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Addressing child abuse: a challenge and an opportunity

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As we have seen in the last week, when an institution such as the Vatican is held to be behaving reprehensibly in the matter of the sexual abuse of children, it becomes a global media event. Because of its global reach, the Vatican is an easy global target. Having a centralized authority system, structures to [...]


The papal decree behind the Vatican’s abuse cover-up

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It comes as little or no surprise that the Vatican has been accused of covering up cases of priests committing child sex abuse. What may be more surprising is the fact that, since 1922, secrecy and cover-up have been official Vatican policy, instigated by nothing less than papal decree. There was hardly a news source [...]


Pope to show no leniency towards predator priests

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Pope Francis will not show leniency towards pedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor said on Saturday. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the most authoritative Catholic official on the Church’s abuse crisis, also told Reuters that the number of clerics defrocked by the Vatican was [...]


Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests in two years

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A Vatican document obtained by Associated Press shows that between 2011 and 2012, Pope Benedict XVI defrocked some 400 Roman Catholic priests for sexually molesting children. The document, obtained on Friday, details the number of sexual-assault accusations levied against priests as well as the number who had been dismissed from church service following a church [...]


Pope fires blistering broadside at those who shame the Church

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The Catholic Church was slammed at the U.N. on Thursday about how they have historically handled cases of sex abuse by priests, as a committee investigated their adherence to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires all signatories “to take all appropriate measures to keep children from harm.” Pope Francis has [...]


Philippines child sex ring cracked with three Australians arrested

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Three Australians have been arrested after federal police helped crack an organised crime ring that streamed live footage of child sex abuse from the Philippines. A joint operation between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has resulted in 29 arrests in 12 [...]


Vatican refuses to share abuse investigations with UN panel

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The Vatican refused to provide a United Nations rights panel with information on the Church’s internal investigations into the sexual abuse of children by clergy, saying on Tuesday that its policy was to keep such cases confidential. In response to a series of tough questions posed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the [...]


Pope brings sweeping changes to Vatican justice system

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“In our times, the common good is increasingly threatened by transnational organized crime, the improper use of the markets and of the economy, as well as by terrorism.” Pope Francis said this in his Motu Proprio on criminal law matters and administrative sanctions within Vatican City State and the Holy See, issued today. The Pope [...]


Vatican must report to UN on child abuse

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The Vatican has been called to give detailed information on its record on child sexual abuse to a United Nations panel, a move that will show how Pope Francis wants to handle an issue that has deeply scarred the Catholic Church’s image in the past decade. The Geneva-based U.N. Committee on the Rights of the [...]


Court documents show cardinal hid $57m from abuse victims

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A New York Times editorial has described as “shocking” revelations that the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery trust fund six years ago to prevent the money being paid to victims of clerical child sex abuse. Cardinal Dolan is also [...]


UN: Children used as human shields in Syria war

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Children are being used as sniper targets and human shields in the Syria war, the United Nations said Wednesday, in a report that added Mali to its child soldier list of shame. UN leader Ban Ki-moon said in the report the 26-month-old war in Syria is taking an “unacceptable and unbearable” toll on children with [...]


The anti-abuse message that only children can read

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A poster than can only be fully seen when looked at from a child’s point of view has been used in an anti-child abuse campaign. Spanish organisation the Anar Foundation used lenticular printing – a technique which means those looking at different angles see a different image. On the poster, a “secret” message showing a [...]


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