Bishops who cover up sex abuse should have their episcopal ordinations annulled, a aurvivors’ group has said.
Pope Francis has wasted no time in accepting the resignation of an archbishop in Poland mired in controversy, sidelining him on the day of his 75th birthday, when bishops are required by canon law to offer their retirement.
Priests in Poland are rebelling against a sex abuse cover-up-accused bishop, refusing to sign letters of loyalty to him.
A notorious French pedophile ex-priest has appealed a 5-year sentence for abuse he committed over decades against at least 75 boys.
Pope Francis will accept the resignation of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin.
Former Irish president Mary McAleese has demanded the Vatican be held to account over the abuse committed by the ‘saint’ of the disabled Jean Vanier, recently revealed to have sexually and spiritually assaulted at least six women.
The Vatican pointman on child abuse has insisted that with new papal initiatives since a watershed anti-pedophilia summit in Rome last year “silence and cover-ups” in the Church are now “a thing of the past”.
It’s been a year since Church leaders, abuse survivors and experts came to the Vatican for an unprecedented summit entitled the “Protection of Minors in the Church”.
Experts at a Dresden diocesan conference have warned that the clerical abuse of power represents an “existential threat” to the Church as they called on the faithful to “step up” their demands for reform.
Jean Vanier, the Geneva-born Canadian founder of L’Arche – one of the world’s most famous organisations for the physically and intellectually disabled – has been “credibly” accused of the sexual abuse of at least six women.
The debate among survivors, their advocates and Vatican experts continues over the Church’s will to implement a “zero tolerance” policy for pedophile priests.
A German television program has accused Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI of covering up for and meeting with a pedophile priest.
The Church in Poland is struggling to shake the shadow of negligence on clerical sex abuse despite going into damage control on the case of an alleged pedophile bishop.
The French Church is not cooperating fully with the independent Church sex abuse inquiry, a survivor has denounced.
A Swiss bishop is floundering under allegations he covered up the sexual abuse of a cathedral priest.
The Vatican is investigating a serving Polish bishop for the alleged sexual abuse of a then 15-year-old girl.
In the face of calls for him to step aside, the Archbishop of Ljubljana, in Slovenia, has passed the buck on clerical abuse, playing off the demands of the Church of caring for pedophile priests against the demands of caring for survivors.
A French bishop is still defending the sacramental seal despite a pedophile ex-priest admitting he confessed his abuse and begged for help.
A French pedophile ex-priest has contradicted the cardinal convicted for covering-up his abuse, saying he confessed his crimes to the red hat years before the prelate claimed.
The Polish Bishops’ President covered up for and re-employed a pedophile suspended from the priesthood.
A French historian has warned that the Catholic sex abuse crisis will remain irresolvable without a challenge to Church sexism.
An elderly French priest murdered last month abused a father and his son, the latter of whom ended up killing the cleric, it has emerged.
A Central African Republic (CAR) bishop has claimed the Belgian Salesians “betrayed” and “deceived” the local Church in a cover-up of a pedophile priest active in the country.
The Pope has told French pilgrims in the Vatican – including sex abuse cover-up-convicted Cardinal Philippe Barbarin – not to look at the downtrodden with “a look from above with condescension, but the look of a brother and sister, that elevates”.
Over 100,000 people have signed a petition for the resignation of convicted child abuse concealer Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon (France).
The Salesians of Belgium have pointed a finger at the country’s courts after a convicted pedophile priest was allowed to work with children in Africa.
As French cardinal Philippe Barbarin appeals an abuse cover-up conviction, the diocese he led from 2002 until he stepped aside in March just wants to “turn the page”.
The president of the French Bishops’ Independent Commission on Sex Abuse in the Church (Ciase) has warned the number of complaints the body could receive could reach 10,000.
A French cardinal convicted of the cover-up of the crimes of a pedophile priest has been accused himself of the abuse of a seminarian.
A scandal involving the sexual abuse of former altar boys by priests inside Vatican walls is growing after Italian TV aired more allegations in a program Sunday night.