University of Münster professor Thomas Schüller says archbishop’s “abuse of abuse victims” is “nefarious, shameful and inexcusable”
As a result of prelate’s failure to publish key report on negligence, “much lies in ruins and the Church has lost credibility”, laments Diocesan Council
Members of German Catholic Youth Federation (BKDJ) chapter in Cologne say it is “shameful” that archbishop and vicar general “have once again destroyed the trust” of survivors
Cardinal O’Malley admits no longer enough for Church to apologise for abuse as Cardinal Cupich urges Catholics to “seize this moment” to eliminate “sin of clericalism”
Polish Bishops ask Vatican to “clarify” accusations against former Pope’s private secretary Cardinal Dziwisz as former nuncio in Paris goes on trial for alleged sex assault
Jesuit Klaus Mertes says officials “repeating the abuse”, criticises Church attempts to censor survivors and calls for a new “truth commission” to uncover extent of negligence
“It is intolerable for us that no responsibility is taken”, denounce members of ‘Maria 2.0’ in protests at cathedral and at cardinal’s home and office
Frustration against new abortion ban continues to boil over as Bishops’ head blames protests on “hatred of Christianity” of “cultural Marxists”, compares plight of Catholics today with that of Jews in pre-war period
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.
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.