Tags: Child Abuse
Posted: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:40
The Church concealed evidence of criminality and colluded to protect an abusive bishop. Only external oversight will guarantee that church safeguarding practices comply with secular standards, argues Richard Scorer.
Posted: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:25
The reach and power of the Catholic Church has waned considerably in recent years in Ireland. But there are troubling signs that its undue influence over the country is returning, writes Keith Porteous Wood.
Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:59
With the latest revelations about human remains in an Irish Mother and Baby home, Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society, seeks answers about how such atrocities could have happened on such a scale, and what can be done now.
Posted: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:40
Richard Scorer, a specialist child abuse lawyer at Slater & Gordon draws attention to organisations seeking more lenient treatment over child abuse-connected matters because they are religious and makes the case for no concessions being given.
Posted: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:40
The recent release of more internal Church of England documents relating to the Peter Ball case exposes an even bigger cover-up than previously suspected, writes specialist abuse lawyer Richard Scorer.
Posted: Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:57
A spate of media reports have suggested that criminals convicted of sex abuse feigned their religion. NSS Vice-President Alistair McBay argues that the media shouldn't seek to protect religion from criticism by misrepresenting these cases.
Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:26
With the release of some of the letters written in support of Bishop Ball during the 1992-1993 police investigation, we're starting to see more clearly how he was protected, writes legal specialist on child abuse Richard Scorer.
Posted: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:07
New revelations about the extent of the letter-writing campaign to help disgraced bishop Peter Ball escape charges raise urgent questions about the extent of the establishment cover-up, writes Keith Porteous Wood.
Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:57
Any genuine inquiry into the handling of allegations of child sex abuse by Bishop Peter Ball must answer key questions about alleged cover-ups by the Church, police and CPS, argues Keith Porteous Wood
Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:14
Following the failed attempt to obstruct the historic child abuse inquiry in Scotland, Keith Porteous Wood exposes the continuing reluctance of the Catholic Church to face up to and pay for its crimes.
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:28
As the full scale of the British Establishment's cover-up of child sex abuse becomes apparent, Alistair McBay argues it is time for the Crown Prosecution Service to make public its reasons for dropping the investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor 12 years ago.
Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:41
Both media commentators and politicians seem keen to claim religion as a cause for good deeds but determined not to acknowledge it as a contributing factor to bad ones, argues Alistair McBay.
Posted: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:45
Words are not enough: David McClenaghan argues that if the Church wants to deal with its record on child abuse it must root out both offenders and enablers.
Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:04
In England, Catholic leaders have fostered the impression that the English church has been relatively scandal-free, and that such problems as did exist were eliminated by the Nolan reforms. A new book by Richard Scorer, head of the abuse unit at Slater & Gordon lawyers, interrogates that claim.
Posted: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:26
This week marks the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis. But as far as far as child abuse is concerned, it's just business as usual at the Vatican – but with better PR, argues Keith Porteous Wood.
Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:08
After hearing the UN's scathing attack on its child abuse record, the Vatican's counter-attack against its critics is a familiar tactic, argues David Clohessy
Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:28
The UN's recent examination of the Holy See presented yet more evidence of the Catholic Church's responsibility for, and cover-up of, child abuse. Yet the Catholic majority remains persistently silent, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:30
As a United Nations Committee on children's rights confronts the Vatican on its abysmal record on clerical paedophilia and criminal cover-ups, Keith Porteous Wood describes his role in bringing the Holy See to account.
Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:00
Terry Sanderson argues that under Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican has become despised and resented throughout the world – greatly reducing its authority.
Posted: Fri, 04 May 2012 10:15
Does the British Government regard hacking into celebrity telephone mailboxes a greater crime than the brutal and systematic rape of innocent children?
Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:47
Women in the UK are being forced to get married with threats and violence. Children under the legal age of consent for marriage or sex are also being forced to marry - and most of them are girls.
Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:50
A personal testimony of child abuse in the Catholic Church from Sue Cox of Survivors Voice Europe
Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:55
Frances Kissling, when she was head of theWashingtonDCbased liberal group Catholics for Choice (anathema to theVatican), once told us that "My job is to ensure that the pope has a bad day every day."