- Christopher White
- May 6, 2019
The Catholic Church’s global organization of nuns has denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” surrounding sexual abuse in the Church and is urging sisters who have been abused to report the crimes to police and their superiors.
Catholic and international aid organizations are pressing for an end to Yemen’s worsening war, where the United Nations says one child dies every 10 minutes.
In a statement made public on Friday morning in Chile, the four victims said they were speaking up as “survivors and complainants of serious abuses of power, conscience and of sexual nature” in the Diocese of Valparaíso in Chile.
Although two witnesses have recanted, several others are firm in their abuse allegations against the leader of a controversial lay movement.
British ambassador to the Holy See Sally Axworthy, an avid supporter of women in leadership, has said she believes the Vatican is making progress on the issue and finds the Catholic Church, particularly women religious, to be a key partner in fighting plagues such as slavery and human trafficking.
A survivor of clerical sexual abuse and an advocate for fellow victims has said she is disappointed in the Church’s handling of the issue during last month’s Synod of Bishops on youth, saying the lack of a unified consensus is thwarting any progress that could be made.