- Aug 9, 2020
A Spanish association that advocates for a secular Europe is calling for proposed legislation on the protection of children to specifically target the Catholic Church, claiming that it has “for years protected” child abuse.
German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner has acknowledged that the decision of Australia’s top court to acquit Cardinal George Pell of child abuse might make it harder for victims to come forward, stressing that while justice must be respected, survivors should also be supported and believed.
As Peruvian journalist Paola Ugaz faces ongoing legal threats over her reporting on a controversial Catholic lay group, both survivors and hierarchy have come to her defense, arguing that the onslaught of legal action against her amounts to “harassment” in a bid to stop her investigations.
Often described as the “Energizer bunny of popes,” Pope Francis in 2019 traveled more miles than ever before, addressed the full scope of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, and made key personnel moves, including one abuse survivors had been demanding for years.
When Pope Francis in a landmark move eliminated the so-called “pontifical secret” in clerical abuse cases on Tuesday, the decision turns out to be at least one instance when the Vatican, clerical abuse survivors and experts in child protection all agree.
After more than a year of media headlines dominated by Catholic sexual abuse scandals, NBC News has conducted a new survey with insiders in the Catholic Church showing most believe the crisis has been handled well by their dioceses, and that abuse is no more common in the Church than in other organizations.