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Abuse scandal has cost US Church $2.74 billion since 2004

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The clerical abuse scandal cost American dioceses $108,954,109 in 2013, according to a report released on March 28 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Only 62% of those funds were allotted to settlements ($61.1 million) and therapy for abuse victims ($6.1 million). The remaining funds were spent on attorneys’ fees ($28.9 million), [...]


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 [...]


Vatican hits back strongly at scathing UN report

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In a sharply worded and detailed response to UN committee’s critical report on the Vatican’s response to sexual abuse, the Vatican’s chief spokesman has said that the committee’s recommendations “seem to go beyond its competencies and to interfere in the very doctrinal and moral positions of the Catholic Church.” Father Federico Lombardi, the director of [...]


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 [...]


UN child abuse report puts Vatican under global scrutiny

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The UN’s damning report on the Vatican’s handling of child sex abuse cases has turned up the pressure on the Church to convince a sceptical international community it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach. “The Vatican has taken some steps forward, but they have been largely symbolic: energetic words rather than actions. The UN is right to have spoken [...]


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 [...]


Holy See faces tough UN grilling over child abuse

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The Vatican will be grilled by a UN panel over cases of child sex abuse, and will be forced to defend itself over allegations it failed to prevent the rape of thousands of children by protecting paedophile priests at the expense of victims. The Holy See will be questioned on Thursday by a UN committee [...]


Pope Francis launches commission to combat sex abuse

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Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given sufficient attention to the scandal. Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley made the announcement on Thursday (Dec. 5) in the Vatican where he was meeting this [...]


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 [...]


The pain of breaking the silence

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Like the breaking of hearts and bodies, breaking silence is painful. Those who have walked alongside survivors of sexual abuse in Philippine churches say it often takes years until a woman presents a complaint, makes a full disclosure and even longer for her to get over it. Liza Lamis, a Filipina theologian and advocate against [...]


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