- Jan 17, 2020
Catholic priests would die rather than break the seal of confession to report child abusers to the police, said an English cardinal.
It was “very disappointing” the Vatican failed to give testimony during an investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church in England and Wales, according to the lead counsel to the inquiry.
An English Church official “deliberately misled” a U.S. archdiocese into harboring a pedophile priest and helping him to escape justice for a quarter of a century, said a report from a child abuse inquiry.
A Presidential Commission to investigate the Church’s sexual abuse scandals could be an alternative to a welter of secretive and sometimes politically driven grand juries.
Speaking of his “shame and sorrow,” the archbishop of Birmingham in England announced two reviews by “independent experts” into sexual abuse in the archdiocese – one looking into historic abuse and the other into safeguarding practices and culture – revealed “serious” shortcomings.