Little Progress Since Vatican’s Sex Abuse Summit

The Vatican has done little to seriously address the problem of clerical sexual abuse one year on from an unprecedented summit at which bishops and cardinals heard the testimony of victims, activists have said. Pope Francis closed the four-day summit last February promising that the Catholic church would “spare no effort” to bring to justice … Read more

Three More Altar Boys Say They Were Abused by Priests in Vatican

Three more former altar boys have claimed they were sexually abused by two priests in the Vatican, as the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church zeroed in for a second time on its headquarters. The allegations of abuse in the Vatican’s youth seminary, to be set out in an Italian TV show … Read more

Oakland Diocese Releases List of 45 Men Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Catholic diocese of Oakland has released the names of 45 priests, deacons and religious brothers who officials say are “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors. The San Francisco Chronicle says the list goes back to 1962, when the diocese was founded. None of the men are currently in the ministry. Of the 45 people named, 20 were priests. … Read more

Four in Five Vatican Priests are Gay, Claims New Book

Some of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week. Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the book, In the Closet of the Vatican. … Read more

Dutch Catholic Church Accused of Widespread Sexual Abuse Cover-Up

20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and auxiliaries ‘covered up sexual abuse, allowing perpetrators to cause many more victims’, report says More than half of the Netherlands’ senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed on Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic church in a … Read more

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