Report shows that French clergy sexually abused over 200,000 children since 1950

French clergy sexually abused more than 200,000 children over the past 70 years, a major investigation released on Tuesday found, and its authors said the Catholic Church had turned a blind eye to the ‘scourge’ for too long. The church had shown “deep, total and even cruel indifference for years,” protecting itself rather than the… Read More Report shows that French clergy sexually abused over 200,000 children since 1950

Vatican takes disciplinary action against Polish archbishop over negligence in sexual abuse cases

The Vatican has disciplined the former archbishop of Wroclaw in Poland following an investigation into negligence over sex abuse allegations, banning him from taking part in any public ceremonies, both religious and secular. The move against retired Archbishop Marian Golebiewski was announced on Saturday by the Archdiocese of Wroclaw in western Poland. It said the… Read More Vatican takes disciplinary action against Polish archbishop over negligence in sexual abuse cases

French top court upholds not-guilty ruling for Cardinal Philippe Barbarin in sexual abuse case

France’s highest court for civil cases, the Cour de Cassation, on Wednesday rejected an appeal against an earlier court ruling that had found Roman Catholic cardinal Philippe Barbarin not guilty of failing to report clerical sexual abuse. Last year, an appeals court overturned a 2019 ruling against Barbarin, who was convicted of failing to report… Read More French top court upholds not-guilty ruling for Cardinal Philippe Barbarin in sexual abuse case

New Zealand’s Catholic Church formally apologises to sexual abuse survivors

New Zealand’s Catholic Church formally apologised on Friday to the survivors of abuse within the church and said its systems and culture must change. Cardinal John Dew, who is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington and Metropolitan of New Zealand, made the apology at the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care on behalf of the… Read More New Zealand’s Catholic Church formally apologises to sexual abuse survivors

French court gives former Vatican ambassador eight-month suspended sentence for sexual harassment

A French court has found former Vatican ambassador to France Luigi Ventura guilty of sexual harassment against five men in 2018 and 2019 and given him an eight-month suspended sentence, AFP reported on its Twitter feed on Wednesday. Prosecutors had opened an investigation after a junior official at Paris City Hall accused the papal nuncio,… Read More French court gives former Vatican ambassador eight-month suspended sentence for sexual harassment

Vatican orders investigation of Polish archbishop over alleged cover-up of sexual abuse cases

The Vatican has ordered an investigation into the former archbishop of Gdansk on suspicion of negligence over sex abuse allegations, a month after the pope accepted the resignation of a bishop accused of shielding sexually abusive priests. The Vatican Embassy in Warsaw said in a statement that local Church officials would look into allegations against… Read More Vatican orders investigation of Polish archbishop over alleged cover-up of sexual abuse cases

Australian top court acquits former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell of sexual harassment charges

Australia’s highest court acquitted former Vatican treasurer George Pell on Tuesday of sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys in the 1990s, freeing the 78-year-old cardinal after 404 days in jail. The Vatican welcomed the decision and praised Pell for having “waited for the truth to be ascertained”. In a statement it said it always had confidence… Read More Australian top court acquits former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell of sexual harassment charges

Polish court orders Catholic Church to hand over files on paedophilia case

A Polish court has ordered church authorities to hand over to prosecutors classified files regarding a paedophilia case, in a rare example of a clash between the state and the powerful Catholic Church in deeply devout Poland. The order came two days before the Vatican’s leading sexual abuse investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, was due to… Read More Polish court orders Catholic Church to hand over files on paedophilia case