- Aug 11, 2020
Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused minors, a protest against what they called a failure by the Catholic Church and society to resolve the problem of clergy sex abuse.
Three people, incuding a priest, postponed a trial Monday to answer charges with aiding and abetting the head of an Italian Catholic lay group currently accused of sexually abusing seven underage girls.
A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal.
A church-backed religious rights organization has warned of growing “anti-Christian hostility” in France, identifying a spate of assaults on churches and Christian monuments.
Polish Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of his country’s bishops’ conference, said meeting victims of clerical sexual abuse has made him more sensitive to the harm caused by such abuse.
Italian Archbishop Luigi Ventura, 74, a Vatican diplomat who once served in Canada, Chile and western Africa, is under investigation by police in Paris for allegedly sexually assaulting a city official.