- Nov 30, 2020
A vicar in a Catholic diocese in southern India was arrested on charges of raping a teenage girl. Reverend Robin Vadakkancheril has been removed from his position after a 17-year-old girl from his parish gave birth to a baby. The diocese is looking to enact measures to curb sexual abuse by priests.
In a first-ever joint statement on International Women’s Day, the leaders of Cyprus’s Christian and Muslim faithful pledged to work with authorities and help end violence against women and girls. The leaders said Christianity and Islam condemn violence against women and that it is their religious duty to stand united against it.
The death penalty by hanging, lethal injection or firing squad has been restored in the Philippines despite criticism by the Catholic Church and human rights groups. President Rodrigo Duterte has been launching a violent war against drugs that has so far claimed the life of thousands.
Following trials and allegations regarding the clerical sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney Soo Song and Bishop Mark Bartchak had a joint press conference announcing a collaborative framework to protect the children of the diocese from sexual abuse.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that for-profit businesses under the control of just a few people — with no real distinction between the owners and the business — can hold religious views and lawfully choose not to cover employees’ contraceptives. The Nevada legislature seeks to overturn the high court decision.
New York’s Catholic Conference supports alternative legislation that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations on child sex crimes and give victims until they are 28 to file civil suits. It would not create a window for civil molestation lawsuits now barred by the statute of limitations.